In Their Own Hand

Handwritten Manuscripts from the Great Composers

Chopin’s Etude for piano, op. 10, no. 7 (Image: The Morgan Library and Museum)

It’s fast becoming common practice for museums to digitize and upload their collections to the web. As a result, there are a number of sites out there that allow visitor to view, in high resolution, handwritten scores penned by copyists, editors, and in many cases the composers themselves.

Above is an excerpt from Chopin’s Etude for piano, op. 10, no. 7 seen here in the composer’s own spidery script. Click “Read More” for a handwritten sketch of Beethoven’s unfinished tenth symphony as well as links to each score database.

Beethoven’s Skizzenblätter zu WoO 18, WoO 3 und zur 9. und 10. Sinfonie (Image: Beethoven Haus-Bonn)

Digital Archives of Beethoven:

The Morgan Library & Museum:

The IMSLP Manuscripts:

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