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Collection Information


Ludwig Zirner opera scores


Music and Performing Arts Library Special Collections (annotated copies of opera scores)


Purchase from Laura Zirner, widow of Prof. Ludwig Zirner, director of School of Music opera program during 1960s and early 1970s

When acquired

November 1975


Approximately 450 scores, mostly piano-vocal, representing standard repertory as well as contemporary music editions. Many scores include performance annotations and English translations. On two previous occasions Mrs. Zirner has already donated some music materials to the Music Library, including Professor Zirner’s piano music, along with the correspondence and sound recordings connected with some of his opera productions.” (Letter, Robert E. Bays, director. School of Music, 11/18/1975).


Cataloged as individual items for Music and Performing Arts Library circulating stacks or Special Collections

Access/Finding Aids/Bibliography

See Special Collections Piano-Vocal scores under M782.1 and M1503 and look for bookplates identifying Zirner as donor.  Unfortunately, no list exists of individual opera titles or of Zirner’s piano music, sound recordings, etc.  Collections File folder (“Zirner”) includes correspondence relating to the acquisition of these materials.

Index terms

Opera; Zirner, Ludwig