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FAU Libraries’ ‘Highlights from the Davis Collection’ Exhibition Honors Musicologist Richard B. Davis

BOCA RATON, FL (March 12, 2012) Florida Atlantic University Libraries will host “Highlights from the Davis Collection,” an exhibition of some of the oldest and rarest Russian music materials from the Richard Beattie Davis Collection, through Saturday, April 7 at the Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

The exhibition includes title pages adorned with chromo-lithographed designs and piano and orchestral scores bearing the signatures and notes of the composers. Some of the work of prominent composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Sebastian Bach, J.N. Hummel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Aleksandr Glazunov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Adolf von Henselt are featured. There are also published materials by renowned Russian music publisher M.P. Belaieff in the display.

Davis established the collection at the library in 1984. He died in 2008, just months before the publication of his book, The Beauty of Belaieff, which is showcased in the exhibition.  The book is a veritable “who’s who” of 19th-century Russian music that includes 143 full-page color plates. Another highlight is a display of greeting cards, post cards, illustrations, manuscripts, books and other works by Thomas B. Pitfield, whom Davis’ wife, Gillian Davis, corresponded with for 40 years after writing to request another copy of one of his music books.

For more information, contact FAU Libraries’ Special Collections at 561-297-2693 or . For hours, call 561-297-3770 or visit .


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