Autograph manuscript of Eric Coates (1886-1957), composer, 1906

Scope and Content

The collection contains autograph fair copies of three songs with pianoforte accompaniment formezzo soprano, composed by Eric Coates. The manuscripts contain musical score and correspondinglyrics written on printed score paper. The songs are numbers one to three of Opus 10. According toannotations to the manuscript, the songs were inspired by 'My love is like the red red rose', 'Thewinter it is past' and 'The Bonnie Wee Thing', poems of Robert Burns (1759-1796). They were composedfor and dedicated to Lavirina (Vinnie) Inman. The manuscripts record that the songs were composed inJune 1906.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Coates was born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire in 1886. He studied violin and composition inNottingham and then, at the age of 20, gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London.There he studied composition under Frederick Corder, and viola with Lionel Tertis. After leaving theRoyal Academy, Coates joined the Beecham Symphony Orchestra and then the Queen's Hall Orchestra,under Sir Henry Wood, for whom he became principal viola from 1911 to 1919. Coates married PhyllisBlack in 1913 and they had one son, Austin.

The illness neuritis barred Coates from involvement in the first world war and, ultimately, fromplaying the viola. He concentrated then upon composition and conducting and his most famous piecesinclude 'Sleepy Lagoon' and 'The Merrymakers Overture'. He wrote the 'Meadows to Mayfair' suitetracing his life from Nottinghamshire to London. He also wrote a separate London suite, a fourcenturies suite and several concert waltzes. Coates received popular acclaim in 1955 with hiscomposition for the film, The Dambusters. He died in 1957.


The scores have been arranged by opus number.

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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Music Library and transferred tothe university's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in December 1998.