Netherlandic Treasures
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Stellfeld Collection

In 1954, the University acquired the Stellfeld Library in Antwerp through the offices of Dr. Louise Cuyler (Professor of Music), who was in Belgium on a Fullbright grant. The collection of more than 10,000 books and scores had been assembled over a period of fifty years by J. A. Stellfeld, a Belgian jurist and musicologist. It is a fine collection of early books and manuscripts, strongest in 18th-century material and including numerous items from the 16th and 17th centuries as well.

All of the items chosen for this exhibition are from the J. A. Stellfeld estate and are now in the collections of the University of Michigan Music Library.

Giaches de Wert (1535-1596). Modulationum sacrarum quinque et sex vocum libri tres. Noribergae: excudebant Catharina Gerlachin & haeredes Iohannis Montani, 1583.

Two of six individual part books for this piece of sacred vocal music by the Flemish composer de Wert, who spent most of his life in Italy. In his early years he was employed by Italian noblemen as a singer, then kapelmeester. His works include madrigals, villanelles, motets, hymns, psalms, and masses. The style of de Wert's sacred music is traditional in its use of polyphony, but he often incorporated into it madrigalian techniques.

Dirk Rafaelszoon Camphuysen (1586-1627). Stichtelycke rymen, om te lesen ofte singhen. . Amsterdam: J. Colom, 1647.

Devotional rhymes for reading or singing, decorated with numerous copper-engraved plates. Camphuysen is significant in the history of music for this work, first published in Hoorn in 1624, because it was published with music. It went through many editions up to the second half of the 18th century. Thanks to Camphuysen's poetry, Dutch Protestant services in the 17th century were enriched by devotional songs for one or more voices, often accompanied by, or arranged for, instruments.

Quirinus van Blankenburg (1654-1739). Elementa musica, of Niew licht tot het welverstaan van de musiec en de bas-continuo. 's Gravenhage: L. Berkoske, 1739.

Dutch composer, organist, and carillonneur, Blankenburg is especially known for his writings on music theory. The work shown is principally a textbook on "basso continuo," including many autobiographical remarks.

Hendrik Waelput (1845-1885). 6 gedichten van Eugeen van Oye getoonzet door H. Waelput. Brugge: E. Gailliard, 1872.

This collection of songs to poems by Eugeen van Oye is one of the best known of Waelput's works. Waelput was a Flemish composer and conductor noted for his operas, cantatas, and symphonic music, as well as solo songs to both French and Flemish texts. The Flemish writer van Oye was, as a boy, a favorite student of the great poet of the Flemish literary revival, Guido Gezelle. Van Oye's own literary work was as a poet and writer of dramas.

Edward Verheyden (1878-1959). De Dijle; gedicht van Dr. Maurits Sabbe; Kantate voor kinderstemmen en orkest. Antwerp: Het Muziekfonds, c1936.

Cantata for children's choir, piano-vocal score, to a text by Flemish writer Maurits Sabbe. The Dijle is a river of central Belgium flowing through the cities of Leuven and Mechelen, among others. This copy includes the composer's autograph presentation to J. A. Stellfeld.