Fonds GB 0210 MSGANZ - Wilhelm Ganz MSS

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Wilhelm Ganz MSS


  • 1851-1950 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

6 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Wilhelm Ganz, composer, conductor and pianist, was the son of Adolph Ganz, Kapellmeister at the Opera at Mainz. He came to London as a boy in 1848. He became Professor of Singing at the Guildhall School of Music and was accompanist to the celebrated Spanish soprano Adelina Patti (1843-1919), who in 1878 took up residence at Craig-y-nos Castle in Breconshire.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lots 217 and 367; 26 May 1994

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Correspondence and papers, 1851-1950, of composer, conductor and pianist Wilhelm Ganz, together with correspondence and papers of members of his family, including letters, 1876-1913, to Ganz from Adelina Patti and other contemporary singers and musicians, and an album of signatures presented to Ganz on the occasion of a Diamond Jubilee Concert in his honour held on 26 May 1908.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23351-23356.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • German

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, French, German.

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Finding aid

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Concert programmes and other miscellaneous items included in the purchase are NLW ex 1654. Photographs and postcards, including an early photograph of Madame Patti inscribed by her 'Adelina Patti 1859 in first performance of Traviata', are now to be found in NLW Photo Album 1985. Family letters, 1852-1854, of Wilhelm Ganz are located in the British Library's Music Collection.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2009.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003); Hector Berlioz online site (viewed 6 April 2009)

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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  • Text: NLW MSS 23351-23356.