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Notation and manuscripts

Series consists of examples of notations, particularly neumes and mensural notation. Examples are mostly taken from images included in the book Handbuch der Notationskunde by Johannes Wolf. Wolf was one of Arnold Walter's teachers when he studied musicology at the University of Berlin. Series also includes reproductions of manuscripts included in Storia della musica attraverso l'immagine by Georg Kinsky, Histoire de la musique des origines à la fin du XIVe siècle by Théodore Gérold, and World history of the dance by Curt Sachs; sequences from St. Gallen; illustrated pages from the Codex Manesse, Sachsenspiegel, Psautier de Lothaire, and Las Cantigas de Santa María; and a plate interpreting animal symbols.


Series consists of glass lantern slides of paintings, busts, caricatures, cartoons, and manuscript renderings of musicians, including: Johann Christian Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Philip Emmanuel Bach, Wilhelm Friedeman Bach, Notker Balbulus, Ludwig van Beethoven, Hector Berlioz, Countess Therese Brunswick, Frederic Chopin, Arcangelo Corelli, Karl Czerny, Louis Claude Daquin, Christoph Willibald Gluck, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Christian Gottlob Neefe, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Niccolo Paganini, Henry Purcell, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Andrey Razumovsky, Alessandro Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Heinrich Schutz, Antonio Vivaldi, Richard Wagner, and Mathilde Wesendonck. Series also includes slides of locations of significance to some composers (e.g., house in Eisenach where J.S. Bach was born); and reproductions of manuscripts by some of the composers.


Series consists of glass lantern slides of various cathedrals, churches, basilicas, abbeys, and monasteries.

Most locations are in France: Albi Cathedral; Amiens Cathedral; Arles Cathedral; Bayeux Cathedral; Beauvais Cathedral; Bourges Cathedral; Carcassonne Cathedral; Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims; Caudebec Cathedral; Cluny Abbey; Coutances Cathedral; Dol Cathedral; Elne Cathedral; Évreux Cathedral; La Trinité, Caen; Le Mans Cathedral; Notre Dame, Chartres; Notre Dame, Paris; Quimper Cathedral; Rodez Cathedral; Rouen Cathedral; Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges; Sainte-Chapelle, Paris; Saint-Étienne, Caen; Saint-Eustache, Paris; Saint-Maclou, Rouen; and Saint-Ouen, Rouen.

Other locations include Rome (Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls; Basilica of Saint Clement; Basilica Papale di San Lorenzo); Prague (Kostel sv. Josefa na Malé Straně; Kostel sv. Václava; Kostel svatého Ignáce; Kostel Panny Marie Vítězné; Kostel svatého Salvátora; Kostel svatého Víta); Leipzig (St. Thomas' Church); Québec (Laval Cathedral); Catalonia, Spain (Monastery of Sant Cugat); and England (Exeter Cathedral; Westminster Abbey).

Series also contains miscellaneous related slides, including examples of Early Christian cathedrals and basilicas and exemplars of French Gothic architecture. Some slides were reproduced from A History of Architecture by Banister Fletcher and Sir Banister Fletcher (published by George Philip & Son, London).

Opera houses and theatres

Series consists of glass lantern slides of various opera houses and theatres in Europe, including: Theater an der Wien; Esterhazy; Teatro Communale, Florence; La Scala, Milan; Teatro San Carlo, Naples; Old Dresden State Theatre; State Opera House, Dresden; Bayreuth [Festspielhaus]; Opera Comique, Paris; Findling House, Chelse; Civic Opera House, Chicago; Metropolitan Opera House; and, Bloomington [Theatre, Indiana].

Arnold Walter collection of lantern slides

  • OTUFM 73
  • Collection
  • [1952]

Collection consists of glass lantern plates of musicians, cathedrals, opera houses, theatres, instruments, opera productions, and musical notations, likely created for use in Arnold Walter's lectures and classes. The slides include reproductions of paintings, caricatures, photographs, manuscripts, and copies of images from contemporary monographs. Some of the slides were manufactured by Newton & Co., London.

Walter, Arnold


Series consists of glass lantern slides showing images of various instruments. Slides include images of instruments as included in Storia della musica attraverso l'immagine by Georg Kinsky, and Histoire de la musique des origines à la fin du XIVe siècle by Théodore Gérold, as well as reproductions of paintings and other artistic renderings of instruments. Instruments include the theorbo, lute, harp, viola da gamba, viola d'amore, German flute, lyre, guitar, unfretted and fretted clavichords, spinnet, Silberman pianoforte, gravicembalo, and oliphants.

Opera stagings

Series consists of glass plate slides of stage designs and settings for particular productions of operas and other stage productions, including: Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven; Wozzeck by Alban Berg; Giunio Bruto by Domenico Cimarosa; Pélleas and Mélisande by Claude Debussy; Orfeo ed Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck; unidentified oratorios and operas by George Frideric Handel; Ballet du roi and Isis by Jean-Baptiste Lully; Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Salome by Richard Strauss; Aida, Don Carlos, La forza del destino, and Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi; and Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Götterdämmerung, and Parsifal* by Richard Wagner.

Stage designers represented in this collection include: Karl Friedrich Schinkel, R.E. Jones, Adolphe Appia, Ludwig Sievert, Panos Aravantinos, Norman Bel Geddes, Salvador Dali, Caspar Neher, Giorgio de Chirico, and Rolf Gérard.