Special Collections

In addition to a large collection of early editions of musical scores and books, the Music Library also has the following special collections:

Women Composers Collection

The holdings of the Music Library include a special collection of scores by women composers of art music from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.

As rare materials these scores do not circulate, but they may be viewed within the Music Library. All of the scores in this collection have been cataloged and can be searched in Mirlyn. To browse the entire collection, do an "All Fields" search in Mirlyn on the phrase "women composers collection." To search within the collection, combine "women composers collection" with additional terms. For example:

"women composers collection" AND beach

Ivan Galamian Collection

Ivan Galamian lived from 1903 to 1981. After violin studies with Konstantin Mostras in Moscow and Lucien Capet in Paris, Galamian came to the United States in 1937 and quickly established himself as a leading violin teacher, with appointments to the faculties of the Curtis Institute and Juilliard, and the establishment of his own summer school at Meadowmount. He published two method books on the violin: Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching and Contemporary Violin Technique. Galamian's students include such noted players as Michael Rabin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Jamie Laredo.

In 1990 Galamian's widow donated her husband's personal collection of scores to the University of Michigan Music Library. The Ivan Galamian Collection contains 210 items, including scores given to Galamian by his teachers, Mostras and Capet. The scores in this collection feature fingerings, bowings, and other markings written in Galamian's hand, which provide valuable insights into his approach to teaching and performing these works.

As rare material these scores do not circulate, but they may be viewed within the Music Library. All of the scores in this collection have been cataloged and can be searched in Mirlyn. To browse the entire collection, do an "All Fields" search in Mirlyn on the phrase "ivan galamian collection." To search within the collection, combine "ivan galamian collection" with additional terms. For example:

"ivan galamian collection" AND rachmaninoff

Michael Rabin Collection

Michael Rabin lived from 1936 to 1972. After violin studies with Ivan Galamian, Rabin began a brilliant career as a soloist while still in his youth. Upon his tragic death at the age of thirty-five, Rabin's personal collection of scores was given to Ivan Galamian.

In 1990 Galamian's widow donated her husband's scores to the Music Library, including those that had belonged to Rabin. The Michael Rabin Collection contains 118 items. The scores in this collection feature fingerings, bowings, and other markings written either by Galamian during Rabin's lessons with him, or by Rabin himself in later years.

As rare material these scores do not circulate, but they may be viewed within the Music Library. All of the scores in this collection have been cataloged and can be searched in Mirlyn. To browse the entire collection, do an "All Fields" search in Mirlyn on the phrase "michael rabin collection." To search within the collection, combine "michael rabin collection" with additional terms. For example:

"michael rabin collection" AND tchaikovsky

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