August has become a regular month for a small music display at the National Library of Scotland to coincide with the Edinburgh International Festival. A selection of items from the collections of the many musical works that will be performed over the coming month will be shown. A major theme this year is music related to the literary works of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare who died 300 years ago. On display is a score of Roméo et Juliette by French composer Hector Berlioz, one of only a few corrected autograph proofs that still exist.
The music display which can be seen outside the entrance to the General Reading Room opens 4 August 2016 and runs until 31 August 2016. No library card is required.
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Further works shown in the display include a score of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the opera opening his famous Ring cycle,
Mendelssohn’s third symphony, the ‘Scottish’, inspired by his visit to Scotland in 1829,
Rachmaninov’s well-known second piano concerto,
several chamber music works as well as a selection of jazz and musical cabaret.