|1||THE CHORAL BOOKS, |
|Recovered from the Cathedral sacristies is a collection of manuscript choral books for liturgical use with music notations. The earliest two are written in a medieval Aquitanian notation. These are the earliest music manuscripts known to exist in Malta.
|2||PRINTED WORKS BY ITALIAN COMPOSERS, 1568-1798||PR:|
0001 - 0158
|A collection of 158 rare works printed in Italy with one in France, containing both religious and 20 secular works. Several of these works are unique. Two publications fully document this collection.
|3||MS SCORES BY ITALIAN COMPOSERS, 17TH TO 18TH CENT.||119 works, also recovered from the church sacristies, with many unique scores by important Sicilian and italian composers.
|4||UNATTRIBUTED MS SCORES, 17TH-18TH CENT.||142 works mostly written by the same person. These are copies of important old works, whose copyist did not record the name of the composer.
|5||THE EXTANT WORKS OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN MALTESE COMPOSERS, 1616-1707||142 works mostly written by the same person. These are copies of important old works, whose copyist did not record the name of the composer.
|6||THE DON BENIGNO ZERAFA SCORES||Zerafa Don Benigno|
0243 - 0330
|A collection of 91 manuscript works of sacred music which Zerafa - maestro di cappella of the Cathedral for many years - composed, mostly performed and finally donated to the church.
|7||THE FRANCESCO AZOPARDI SCORES||Azzopardi Francesco|
0335 - 0584
0686 - 0689
0691 - 0698
0754 - 0756
2223 - 2230
4242 - 4253
4729 - 4745
|A collection of 250 works composed by Francesco Azopardi, a famous successor of Benigno Zerafa. The Church purchased these scores from the composer’s sister soon after his death.
|8||A CORPUS OF SCORES BY VARIOUS MALTESE COMPOSERS||About 50 scores by various Maltese composers were conserved as a group in the Cathedral sacristies. With the transfer of the old archives to the building of the Old Seminary in 1969, this group was retained as a separate collection.
|9||THE NANI COLLECTION||Nani Agostino|
0670 - 0671
0730 - 0738
1725 - 1757
1762 - 1787
1838 - 1841
1859 - 1861
0646 - 0661
1848 - 1854
0713 - 0714
0739 - 0743
1466 - 1620
1788 - 1832
1845 - 1847
Nani Dr. Paolo
0662 - 0669
0715 - 0729
1833 - 1837
1842 - 1844
1855 - 1858
2444 - 2445
3807 - 3808
4420 - 4421
|Mro Paul Nani - the last of a whole generation of composers and music directors in various churches and theatres - was the first to donate his very rich collection to the Cathedral Archives. The scores were brought over in three separate installments and the whole process took a number of years to be completed. With the scores of his ancestors Emanuele, Vincenzo, Agostino, Dr Paolo, Antonio and his own scores, he added several works by other composers. In 1984 the donation was finalised by a public deed in acts of notary Anthony Attard. A full catalogue of the Nani composers has been published by Franco Bruni and others in 2007 and was recently made available online.
|10||THE AURELIO CAMILLERI COLLECTION||A corpus of 29 scores by various Maltese composers was recovered from the basement of the house of Aurelio Camilleri of Rabat and donated to the Cathedral Archives. Camilleri was a relative of Mro Francesco Azopardi.
|11||THE LUIGI VELLA COLLECTION||Vella Luigi|
1227 - 1462
|About 80 scores by Luigi Vella and other composers, together with a number of files with press cutting and information on musical activity in Vella’s times, were donated by Mrs Edwige Camilleri, a relative of Vella.
|12||THE ALBERTO VELLA COLLECTION||Vella Alberto|
0975 - 1050
1052 - 1168
|Mr Anthony Vella, son of Alberto, donated a large collection of scores by the Vella Composers, Dr Giuseppe, Alberto, Paul and Luigi.
|13||THE MRO FRANCESCO SAMMUT COLLECTION||Sammut Mro Francesco|
4182 - 4183
4493 - 4534
4594 - 4615
4677 - 4712
|A small collection of scores by various Maltese composers was donated by the director of music in various churches on secondary feast days.
|14||THE CARUANA COLLECTION ||Caruana Giuseppe:|
1867 - 2001
2001 - 2206
2301 - 2302
4214 - 4219
2207 - 2218
4411 - 4414
|Miss Bice Caruana daughter of the well known composer Mro Giuseppe donated all the scores of her father and her two brothers Fr Anton SJ and Salvino. The hymns of Giuseppe Caruana are still very popular and some of them have earned international recognition.
|15||THE CARMELO PACE COLLECTION||Pace Carmelo|
2582 - 3061
|This extensive collection was generously donated by the composer himself during his lifetime, with a duplicate in photocopy to assist researchers and with a detailed published catalogue of all his works.
|16||THE GIUSEPPE DOUBLET COLLECTION||Doublet Giuseppe|
2306 - 2394
|363 scores by various composers of the Cottonera area were donated by J. B. Cassar of Rabat.
|17||THE DON PIETRO PAOLO GALEA COLLECTION||Galea Don Pietro Paolo|
3101 - 3158
|The De la Salle Brothers donated the scores composed by their confrere Pietro Paolo Galea, intending to attract a researcher who would study and evaluate the collection.
|18||THE GIUSEPPE MAGRI COLLECTION||Magri Giuseppe|
3202 - 3250
|53 scores including three operas were donated by the composer’s daughter in 1988.
|19||THE CARLO FIAMINGO COLLECTION||Fiamengo Carlo:|
3255 - 3262
|A small collection of 19 scores by Giorgio and Carlo Fiamingo and other composers.
|20||THE SALVATORE SCICLUNA COLLECTION||Scicluna Salvatore:|
2451 - 2454
3378 - 3575
3374 - 3377
|302 scores donated in 1989 by the composer’s son Oreste. They were all composed by Salvatore Scicluna, with only three by Calcedonio Scicluna.
|21||THE CAMILLERI COLLECTION||Camilleri Agostino|
3617A - 3618?
3583 - 3586
3636 - 3767
3826 - 3838
3840 - 3852
3592 - 3613
3615 - 3616
3621 - 3635
3587 - 3590
|A large collection of works by various composers of the Camilleri family and other composers. The collection was received in two installments.
|22||THE ABELA SCOLARO COLLECTION ||Abela Scolaro|
4019 - 4119
4122 - 4175
4191 - 4195
|181 scores by Joseph Abela Scolaro and other composers were donated in 1990 by the family. These include a considerable amount of band music.
|23||THE GALEA MISURA COLLECTION ||Mostly coming from the Mallia Cassar Collection, this extensive collection was donated in two parts by the Galea family of Valletta.
|24||THE FR DANIEL SAMMUT COLLECTION||Sammut Fr. Daniel|
4493 - 4533
4593 - 4615
4677 - 4712
|This prolific Carmelite composer donated copies of his own scores during his lifetime.
|25||A GROUP OF SMALLER DONATIONS||A number of small donations by various collectors have been grouped together so as to form a separate unit.
|26||THE MELLIEĦA PARISH COLLECTION||316 scores by various composers, mainly by but mostly by Luigi Grech Grandolini have been given to the Cathedral and so far conserved and so far kept apart as a separate collection.
|27||THE ANTON AZZOPARDI COLLECTION||Anton Azzopardi of Lija was a minor composer of sacred music. His family donated all his scores, which are currently conserved in 25 folders.
|28||A VAST COLLECTION OF PRINTED SCORES BY MOSTLY FOREIGN COMPOSERS||These have been listed and conserved in 56 packs, the last eleven of which are works by Maltese composers.