Penn Library

Hidden in Plain Sight:
Musical Treasures in the Penn Library

Curated by Marjorie Hassen

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania

Handel's Messiah

George Frideric Handel, 1685-1759
Contra-tenor part
Pimlico, England : John Ashley, ca. 1780
In: Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Collection of Music
Ms. Coll. 217, Item 85

This part is from a set that belonged to the composer, singer, organist, and publisher Benjamin Carr. Carr likely had this set with him upon his arrived in Philadelphia from London around 1793, when he opened a music shop on Market Street. His active participation in the musical life of the city, as a teacher, organist, and choirmaster, earned him the honorific the "father of Philadelphia Music." As a founder of the Musical Fund Society, he significantly influenced the development of that organization, directing both its music and vocal departments.

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Landmarks of Music Theory

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