Anacreontic Society Collection

Orchestral sets and partbooks in both printed and MS form belonging to the Anacreontic Society (c. 1740 – 1865), an amateur orchestral society based in Dublin.


Primarily of interest in giving an insight into the activities of the Anacreontic Society. This is the fullest record of the repertoire of the Society (which was esssentially private and did not advertise or gain publicity). Inscriptions on the scores and manuscripts yield information on the names of some members. Contains some parts of the symphonies of Paul Alday, possibly the earliest composer of symphonic music based in Ireland.

Physical characteristics

c. 200 works, in manuscript and printed scores and partbooks.

Description or Catalogue

The music of three Dublin musical societies of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: The Anacreontic Society, the Antient Concerts Society and the Sons of Handel. A descriptive catalogue / Catherine Ferris (M. Litt., NUIM, 2005)

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Added by Royal Irish Academy of Music Library | Last updated on: 09 February 2018