In contemplation of the clarinets at the Royal College of Music, London

Pearson, I. E. (2012) In contemplation of the clarinets at the Royal College of Music, London. In: Proceedings of the Clarinet and Woodwind Colloquium 2007. Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, Edinburgh, pp. 141-150. ISBN 978 0 907635 59 8

Abstract

Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music enjoys a reputation as one of the world's leading conservatoires. Due partly to the vision of its founders, particularly Sir George Grove, the RCM holds research collections of international significance. The Royal College of Music's Museum of Instruments, forming part of the Centre for Performance History, houses an internationally-renowned collection of over 800 instruments and accessories from c 1480 to the present (700 European, keyboard, stringed and wind; 100 Asian and African). This collection embraces some sixty instruments from the clarinet family, including specimens by Doleisch, Griesbacher and Scherer. In using the RCM instruments as a case study, this paper examines the nature of such collections and the way in which objects interact within them.

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