NOVELLO, Vincent, arr.
NOVELLO, Vincent, arr. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN arr. by Vincent Novello.
[London, late 19th century.]  
Folio (352 × 265 mm), pp. [11], [1]; neat ms. ink on 23 staves per page; slightly later paper wrappers, with printed paper labels; a little creased, some marginal browning, with offsetting from the wrappers on the first and last pages, hole to front cover, not affecting the label; with a copy of the printed vocal score (from 1916?) fastened with a paperclip to the first leaf.
Manuscript conducting score of Novello’s arrangement of the National Anthem, as hired out by Novello & Co. to those performing it with an orchestra. ‘No marks of any kind should be made on this copy. If cuts are required a piece of paper should be very carefully pinned over the parts to be omitted. If the copy is damaged by marks or otherwise, a charge will have to be made’ (printed label on inside front cover). The arrangement had been published as No. 31 in the supplements to The Musical Times (founded 1844) by Novello’s son, Alfred (1810–1896). The wrappers, with their labels (‘God Save the King’), must date from after 1906, when the firm moved to Wardour Street, but the manuscript itself is obviously Victorian.
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