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Rare Rossini score gifted by Music Alumni

Philip Gossett and donors Brian and Karen Heckman Copp

Philip Gossett, the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor in Music and the College, accepted the gift of a rare piano-vocal score of Rossini’s opera Guillaume Tell from donors Brian Copp and Karen Heckman Copp. The Copps met as students during the 1970s when singing together in the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, and Mrs. Copp took a course with Prof. Gossett.

Last summer, the score came to light when Mrs. Copp was cleaning out a closet. Mrs. Copp’s mother was an antique dealer and her father an opera lover, and the Copps believe the score may have been acquired at an auction. Prof. Gossett explained that although piano-vocal scores are common today, they were printed in small numbers during the early nineteenth century. “This score is in beautiful condition and will be a valuable addition to our research collection,” said Prof. Gossett.

The score will be housed in the Special Collections Research Center of the Regenstein Library.


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