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British Library saves rare music archives

November 21, 2002|Chris Pasles

The Elgin Marbles are staying put in Britain, and so is a comparable treasure nearly lost when the archives of London's Royal Philharmonic Society went on the block this week.

The 189-year-old collection, which includes such rarities as the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, commissioned by the society, was bought by the British Library for about $1.5 million after a last-minute donation of about $237,000 from the U.K. national Heritage Lottery Fund.

The collection includes other original scores and correspondence from such composers as Tchaikovsky, Berlioz and Liszt.

-- Chris Pasles

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