Ψ Collection

Scarlatti, Domenico, Sonate - F. Ψ.I.48/I

The collection is made of music and music literature books coming from the non-musical collections of the Palatine Library and flowed into the Music Section after its creation. It includes an interesting section of music essays of the XVI and XVII centuries, among which are to be signaled the very rare first edition of Galilei’s Fronimo and the precious Libro de vihuela by Luis Milan and the section of liturgical books that collects various missals of the XVI century.  Despite the indications of the Music Section decree, they’re not all the music works belonging to the library: in the Palatine collections are still stored other manuscripts and incunabula with musical notation.
After this original core have been added other precious works purchased or received by the Music Section: among these, it’s important to mention 15 handwritten Spanish volumes including 463 sonata for harpsichord by Domenico Scarlatti, one of the main sources of the critical edition, and  31 volumes of madrigals and roundelays of the XVI and XVII centuries, some of them including unique or very rare editions.
Recently have been added valuable acquisitions, like the autograph of a sonata for mandolin and guitar by Niccolò Paganini, purchased by the violin player Romeo Franzoni, the handwritten score of Arrigo Boito’s Nerone, the only complete and original source of the work, and an orchestral symphony by Giuseppe Verdi, handwritten and dated back to the early years.