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In the foreword to Bowdoin Is a Singing College, President James Coles stated: "A world without music would scarcely be human; a college without music would be dreary indeed.... How integral a part of liberal education!"

Benefiting that education are at least seventy-five works including:

  • Markus Meibom
    Antiquae Musicae Auctores Septum, in Greek and Latin, 1652
  • Antiphonarium Romanum de Tempore et Sanctis
  • The Musical Miscellany ...
  • The Social Choir
  • Lowell Mason
    Several volumes of songs collected by Lowell Mason
  • New and Enlarged Edition of the Patriotic Song Book
  • Francis Child
    War Songs for Freemen, 1863
  • Paul Dukas
    Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, c1907, the composer's autograph presentation copy
  • Reginald Robbins
    Songs, 131 pieces, 1922
  • Aaron Copland
    Autographed copy of the miniature score for Appalachian Spring, c1945
  • Elliott Schwartz
    Several works by the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music are in the Bowdoin College Authors Collection. A collection of Prof. Schwartz's works in manuscript (M161) is also among department holdings.
See also:
  • Antiphonary-gradual, ca. thirteenth century (manuscript)

  • Le Duc, Mark
    "A Catalogue of the Early American MusicCollection of Bowdoin College." Written by LeDuc (Bowdoin 1980), for his 1978 American Music class. (M194.L4386)
  • Longfellow Poems Set to Music
    A collection of 668 pieces, arranged in alphabetical order by the title of each poem.
  • Miscellaneous Music Collection
    A collection of 208 pieces of sheet music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this material includes popular tunes arranged by composer, including 46 pieces composed by Latham True.
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