About the Collection


The Juilliard Manuscript Collection is an extraordinary collection of 140 priceless autograph manuscripts, sketches, engravers proofs and first editions, which were donated to the school in February 2006 by Juilliard Board Chairman Bruce Kovner.

Considered to be one of the finest music collections to be donated to an institution in recent years, the collection includes materials of great interest to performers and scholars. Among its highlights are the late engraver’s proof of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, with hundreds of markings and annotations by the composer; the original manuscript of Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, in his arrangement for piano, 4 hands, and, the last scene of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. All of the manuscript scores and sketches have been digitized. Also available on this website are selected manuscripts from the Juilliard Library’s Peter Jay Sharp Special Collections, including scores in the Artur Rubinstein Music Collection.

Digitization of the Juilliard Manuscript Collection was accomplished, in part, with a generous leadership gift from the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of George S. Blumenthal, as well as copyright holders G. Schimer, Boosey & Hawkes, the Britten-Pears Library, Intermusica, and BMG, for permission to use the images on this site.