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  • Title
    Isaac Nathan music manuscript of E flat clarinet part from the overture to his opera 'Merry freaks in troublous times', 1843.
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7932
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    0.01 metres of textual material (1 folder) - 4 pages of music manuscript

    Isaac Nathan (1792-1864) emigrated to Australia from England in 1841 and quickly dominated the Australian musical scene as a composer, teacher, organist, conductor and publisher. He composed the comic opera 'Merry freaks in troublous times' in 1843 to a libretto by Charles Nagel on the life of Charles II. Written just two years after Nathan’s arrival in Australia, this opera was the first to be composed in Australia, although never performed publicly. Nathan published the complete vocal score of 'Merry freaks in troublous times' in Sydney in 1851.

    Library correspondence file.
    The Oxford Companion to Australian Music / edited by Warren Bebbington. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Collection history
    Micaela Nathan is the great great granddaughter of the composer by his second wife, Henrietta Buckley
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment - Original not to be issued due to fragility
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Research & study copies allowed
  • Related Material
  • General note

    The Mitchell Library holds two copies of the complete vocal score of 'Merry freaks in troublous times' (Sydney: published by the composer, [1851]) at Q782.8/N and DSM/Q782.8/N. The latter is part of David Scott Mitchell’s bequest and is available in digitised format through the online Catalogue.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 899479
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    The manuscript bears Nathan's signature at the bottom of each page
  • Date note

    Dating is based on contemporary reviews of the opera published in the New South Wales Monthly Magazine in July 1843 (pp.347-351) and October 1843 (p.565)
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