File of six notebooks containing draft score relating to multiple works by Burgess.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3104 AB/ARCH/A/MUS/81
  • Former Reference
      GB 3104 AB.MS.13.63; AB.MS.13.127
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description

Scope and Content

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)

Manchester Overture

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."

See also:

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers in consultation with the Archivist due to the condition of the item.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

All of the notebooks are in a good condition, with the exception of one, titled "Guitar", which is badly water-damaged.