Digitized resources from the Philip Gossett Music Collection that are linked to these web pages comprise 462 scores (primarily opera vocal scores) and 71 books on the subject of Italian opera whose dates of publication span the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Vocal scores by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, and Verdi figure prominently, with 84 other composers also represented. A notable feature of the collection is the inclusion of multiple editions of some scores which Gossett compared in order to trace deviations from composers' holographs, inaccuracies he attempted to correct in modern critical editions. The books, in Italian, French, and German, comprise librettos, composers' biographies, collected correspondence, and music criticism.
The Philip Gossett Music Collection also includes numerous resources not digitized for inclusion on this website due to copyright restrictions. These include dissertations, analytical essays, articles from scholarly and popular journals, and pre-publication editions of opera scores from Ricordi, Fondazione G. Rossini, and Bärenreiter. Much of this material includes copious editorial markings in Gossett's hand. Of particular interest are pencil manuscripts of vocal ornamentation and cadenzas devised by Gossett for performances of Il pirata and I puritani by Bellini, Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth and Maria Padilla by Donizetti, and Armida, Cantata in onore del Sommo Pontefice Pio Nono, La Cenerentola, Le comte Ory, La donna del lago, La gazza ladra, L'italiana in Algeri, Maometto II, Matilde di Shabran, Le nozze di Teti, e di Peleo, Otello, La pietra del paragone, La scala di seta, Semiramide, Le siège de Corinthe, Il turco in Italia, Il viaggio a Reims, and Zelmira by Rossini.
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Cataloging and metadata preparation by David Snow.
Photography and website by Ardon Bar Hama
The digitization of the Philip Gossett Music Collection was made possible by a generous gift from Brian J. and Darlene Heidtke.