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Corrected full score of 'Thomas the Rhymer', an opera in four acts by David Johnson.

Identifier: MS.22152

Scope and Contents

The opera is based on the Border ballad collected by Sir Walter Scott (folio 1).

Of the many corrections the most substantial are the additional leaves at folios 11, 21, 35, 38 (formerly stapled to folio 39), 45 (formerly stapled to folio 44) 46, 53-54, 57 and 100 (formerly stapled to folio 101). Leaves are cut out after folio 80 and 108.

The score is preceded by a typed press release (folio i) and a printed programme (folio iii) of the premiere, which was performed in Edinburgh in 1976.


  • Creation: 1974-1976.

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112 Leaves ; 365 x 268 millimetres.

Language of Materials



iv + 108 folios.

Custodial History

The score was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Murdoch Henderson Fund.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1979.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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