File containing Burgess's final musical compositions: Sonata 1 (St. John's) for recorder and piano; Sonata 2 for recorder and keyboard / piano; an incomplete score (6 bars only) of Sonata 3 for recorder and keyboard / piano; and an untitled trio for flutes or recorders

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3104 AB/ARCH/A/MUS/16
  • Former Reference
      GB 3104 AB.MS.13.70; AB.MS.13.71; AB.MS.13.72
  • Dates of Creation
      12 November 1993 - 23 November 1993
  • Language of Material
      English
  • Physical Description

Scope and Content

Sonata 1 (St John's) is inscribed "Anthony Burgess. November 12 1993 post operationem glottalem [after an operation on the glottis]".

See also AB/ARCH/A/MUS/79: File containing fragments of unidentified scores for piano, or solo instrument and piano.

Administrative / Biographical History

In late 1993 Burgess underwent surgery on his glottis, which left him unable to speak. He is possibly referring to Saint John the Silent, a medieval monk known for his vow of silence and gifts as a healer, in the title of Sonata 1 (St. John's).

Conditions Governing Access

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Water damage to the lower corner of the manuscript.