Posts Tagged ‘Austen Music Books’

“Without music, life would be a blank to me.”

― Jane Austen, Emma

Inquiring readers: This information came from a JASNA Zoom discussion from a “Music and Jane Austen” Roundtable where presenters from the 2021 AGM in Chicago talked about their “Jane Austen and the Arts” presentations. Listeners were encouraged to ask questions. When someone asked about Jane Austen’s music preferences, we were referred to the Internet Archive, where the family’s music books were digitised by the Library Digitisation Unit of the University of Southampton (created November 18, 2015).

screen shot of the Austen music books on the Internet Archive

Screenshot of the Austen family music books on The Internet Archive

Description of the music books from The Internet Archive:

This collection consists of eighteen printed and manuscript music books owned by members of the Austen family, including the writer Jane Austen, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Many are binder’s volumes, compiled from separate manuscript or printed sheet music items bound together for an individual user. Others are personal manuscript albums made wholly or principally by a single copyist. Although some volumes were compiled as early as the 1750s, the majority date from Jane Austen’s lifetime (1775-1817). Austen made or used several of the books, and she was probably familiar with music collected by other family members. Find the rest of the description on The Internet Archive. Click here.

“I shall be most happy to play to you both,” said Miss Crawford; “at least as long as you can like to listen: probably much longer, for I dearly love music myself, and where the natural taste is equal the player must always be best off, for she is gratified in more ways than one.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Other music posts on this blog:

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: