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Papers of George Firth relating to his published work on Donald Tovey

Identifier: Coll-1471

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of a typed draft, other drafts, a spiral bound copy of Donald Francis Tovey a portrait of a great man and a loose-leaf copy. There is also correspondence, transcriptions and copies of correspondence, scripts, notes, talks, programmes, photographs, and ephemera.


  • 1880-1980


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. George Firth was born on 27 February 1901. He was, successively, a scientist, professional singer, teacher, choral and orchestral conductor, lecturer, administrator and author. Access to Tovey's Essays in musical analysis encouraged him to leave his freelance singing career and study for a B.Mus. degree and then the degree of D.Mus.

During army service Firth rose to the rank of Major and became Head of the Arts Department at Newbattle Abbey near Edinburgh. In 1955, Firth was awarded the O.B.E. for services to music in Scotland.

Dr. George Firth died on 22 May 1983.


7 boxes

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired by donation. Accession no: E2013.40.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 28 March 2014
Papers of Dr. George Firth (1901-1983) relating to his work on Sir Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940)

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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