Prout Collection

Ebenezer Prout (1835-1909), music theorist and educationalist, composer and editor, was Professor of Music at the University of Dublin from 1894 until his death in 1909. He also held posts in London, at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. Prout composed in most of the standard genres of his time, and from 1889 published a series of books on harmony, counterpoint, fugue, musical form, and the orchestra. During his lifetime he built up a substantial private library, which Trinity College purchased immediately after his death for £500.

Strengths

The collection includes about 3000 items of printed music, 500 books on music theory and history, and 30 autograph manuscripts of Prout’s compositions. There are complete editions of Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Corelli, Dussek, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann, and major holdings of many other 18th and 19th century composers, including about 200 opera full scores.

Physical characteristics

About 3000 items of printed music, 500 books on music theory and history, and 30 autograph manuscripts of Prout’s compositions.

Description or Catalogue

Listed in Prout’s own handwritten card catalogue, by name heading and subject category. Available in the Department of Early Printed Books reading room.

Coverage

1760
1909
Accrual
Accrual Policy
Closed
Accrual Method
Purchase
Accrual Periodicity
Closed
Added by Trinity College Dublin | Last updated on: 09 February 2018