Vera Bradford Collection


Vera Bradford Collection



Vera BradfordVera Bradford was an Australian classical pianist who graduated from the University Of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 1927. In 1928 she won a scholarship to study with Percy Grainger in Chicago. She also studied under Rudolph Ganz and Alexander Raab, making her concert debut in 1931 at the Chicago Opera House. On her return to Australia Vera played with the ABC orchestra, an association that continued throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Vera made several overseas tours to England. She represented Australia at the Second Korean Music Festival in Seoul in 1963, also performing concerts in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan. For many years she was a Chief Study teacher at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and taught students at her home in Frankston. In 1968 she formed the Frankston Music Society and Orchestra. .

Vera Bradford donated her music collection to the State College of Victoria in 1978, which later became Monash University Library’s Peninsula branch. The collection was named the Vera Bradford Music Collection and contains books on the history of music, scores and sheet music, librettos, and orchestral sets. The collection has continued to grow, with donations from local Peninsula music groups, Defence Force Bands and other materials purchased by the State College of Victoria. .

The Library has commenced a digitisation project to make these items available to the wider research community and general public. The first batch of items now available for viewing in Monash Collections Online.

Collection Items

Madame Butterfly : opera in three acts / Giacomo Puccini ; Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa ; new English version by Ruth & Thomas Martin
Accompaniment arrangement for piano. ; Based on the book by John L. Long and the drama by David Belasco.

Mignon : opera in three acts and five tableaux / by Ambroise Thomas ; words by Michel Carré & Jules Barbier ; English version by Th. Baker ; with an essay on the story of the opera by H. E. Krehbiel
For solo voices (SMzCTTBBB), chorus and piano. ; Based on the novel Wilhelm Meister's lehrjahre by Goethe. ; Publisher's no. : 15470

Parsifal : music drama in three acts / by Wagner, Richard, 1813 - 1883 ; english version by Stewart Robb
Based on the epic medieval poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach. ; Publisher's no. : 46815

La traviata : an opera in three acts with English-Italian text / Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. ; Based on the play La dame aux cam?lias by Alexandre Dumas

Tannhäuser / written and composed by Richard Wagner
"The stage directions and Metronome marks in this edition of Tannhäuser are taken from the published Full Score of the opera (which appeared after the pianoforte score); and an important cut in the second Finale, as well as a shorter one in the…

Aida / G. Verdi
Accompaniment arrangement for piano. ; Caption title. ; Italian words

Lohengrin / by Wagner, Richard, 1813 - 1883
Cover and title page missing

Reminiscences of Verdi / Fred Godfrey ; arranged by Haydn Millars
Piano - Conductor ; 1st Violin x 5 ; 2nd Violin x 2 ; Viola ; Violoncello & Bass x 3 ; Flutes & Piccolo x 2 ; Oboes ; Clarinets in B flat x 2 ; 1st & 2nd Bassoons x 2 ; 1st & 2nd Horns in F x 2 ; 1st & 2nd Cornets in B flat x 2 ; 1st Trombone x 2 ;…

Aïda : opéra en 4 actes de G. Verdi : grande fantaisie / par E. Tavan
Arrangement for orchestra. ; Caption title. ; Pl. no. : 115968

Tristan und Isolde / Wagner, Richard, 1813 - 1883
German words. Notes in English and German

Die Walküre / Wagner, Richard, 1813 - 1883
Opera in 3 acts. ; "... an unabridged and unaltered republication of an edition originally published by C.F. Peters, n.d. [ca. 1910]. In the present edition the introductory matter also appears in a specially new English translation" -- Verso t.p

Hoffmanns Erzählungen : mit Gesang / Jacques Offenbach
Accompaniment arrangement for piano

Pagliacci : opera in two acts / words and music by R. Leoncavallo ; English adaptation by Frederic E. Weatherly
Piano vocal score. ; Cover title: Pagliacci (Punchinello) : a drama in two acts. ; One copy has last pages missing. ; E. A & Co. 741

Iolanthe : selection / music by Arthur Sullivan ; selected and arranged for orchestra by Charles Godfrey Junior
Selection from the comic operetta. ; Includes piano score, arranged by Charles Godfrey, Publisher's no. : 21,505. ; Publisher's no. : 21,541

La juive : an opera in five acts with French text / Halevy
For solo voices, chorus and piano. ; Libretto by Eugéne Scribe.

Selection from Sir Arthur Sullivan's opera / arranged by J. Riviere
Extracts from the operetta. ; For orchestra. ; Pl. no. : H. & S. 2572

The gondoliers : selection / arranged by Charles Godfrey Junior
For orchestra. ; Arrangement of the music of Arthur Sullivan from the operetta The gondoliers. ; Publisher's no.: 18886

Suite from the Water music / Handel ; arranged for orchestra by Hamilton Harty
Piano transcription by G. H. Clutsam. ; Publisher's no. : [score] 38205 -- [parts] 35300

Fingal's cave : Die Herbriden = La grotte de Fingal : overture : op. 26 / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
1st. & 2nd. violins carry pl. no. : H. 14. S. ; Pl. no.: H. & S.1603

Götterdämmerung / by Richard Wagner ; vocal score with piano accompaniment by R. Kleinmichel ; with original German text and English translation edited by Henry T. Finck
Final part of the Nibelung tetralogy. ; Caption title. ; Subtitle : The dusk of the gods. ; Original title: Siegfried's tod. ; Publisher's no.: 14535

Chu Chin Chow : selection / music by Frederic Norton ; selected and arranged by Percy E. Fletcher
Selection of music from the revue. ; For orchestra. ; Pl. no. : K.P.& Co.Ltd. 2153

A country girl : selection / music by Lionel Monckton ; selected and arranged for the orchestra by Charles Godfrey Junior
Selection of music from the musical comedy. ; Publisher's no. : [piano score] 21534 -- [parts] 21550
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