While some of the notebooks have been used extensively by Burgess, others contain only one or two pages of incomplete score. Most of the scores are untitled, however some relate to identifiable works (listed below)
Moses III Travelling Song
Moses Title Music
March - Non Sanz Droict
The Passionate Shepherd
Who is Sylvia [Who is Silvia?]
Pieds en l'Air
Fragment of a setting of Gerard Maley Hopkins SJ's poem God's Grandeur, beginning "The world is charged with the glory of God!"
Fragment of a vocal beginning "Let's go to Burke's for a couple of jars before closing time. Let's oil the works in a couple of bars before closing time,..."
Most of the scores are for piano, but some are composed for other instruments, such as solo guitar; guitar and harmonica; 2 violins, viola, violoncellos and basses [2 bars only]; and 2 tenors, 2 basses and drum.
Stanley Silverman's name is written at the front of one of the notebooks, suggesting that the book originally belonged to the composer, although the scores within the books are all handwritten by Burgess. Burgess has iinsribed the front of the notebook in Greek and Jawi, implying that it originally related in some way to Burgess's collaboration with Silverman on Oedipus the King.
Liana Burgess has fixed a handwritten note to the front of another of the notebooks that reads "Notes taken in his last summer (1993) on the terrace of the Panorama."
1) AB/ARCH/A/MOS/31, Orchestral score, by Burgess, for the title music to the television miniseries, Moses the Lawgiver
2) AB/ARCH/A/MRW/2, Score of the final movement of Mr W.S., titled "Non Sanz Droict"
3) AB/ARCH/A/MUS/19, File relating to A Manchester Overture
4) AB/ARCH/A/MUS/26, Incomplete settings of poems by Ben Jonson ("Song to Celia" / "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes"), William Shakespeare ("Who is Silvia? what is she" and "For Bonny sweet Robin is all my Joy") and Christopher Marlowe (The Passionate Shepherd to His Love")
5) AB/ARCH/A/MUS/47, File containing a fughetta for piano and draft arrangements (possibly for guitar) of "Pieds en l'air" and "Galliard" from Thoinot Arbeau's Orchesographie, a study of late sixteenth century French Renaissance social dance.