The archive consists of:
M-H 2/7-1—A full score.
M-H 2/7-2—A second full score.
M-H 2/7-3—Orchestral parts.
- M-H 2/7-1
Full score of the orchestral work, An Idyll (here spelt Idyl). Bound in navy leatherette. Black inked score. Party autograph of composer, partly by a copyist. 38.5cm x 49cm x 1.5cm. Two blank front endpages, the second mended across the recto with brown paper. Two blank endpages blank. 51 paginations. 30-stave score paper. No imprint. First recto inscribed ‘An Idyl for orchestra by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall. Dedicated to …’ (the dedication is not filled in). The spelling of the name: IDYL is variously spelt in M-H 2/7-2 and in the orchestral parts, M-H 2/7-3: 1-46. The base of the first recto is inscribed ‘(the more important modifications of Tempo are marked in the score, the lesser nuances however being left to the discretion of the conductor.) G.W.L. M-H.’
The work is scored for: 3 flutes, 2 hautboys, English horn, 2 clarinets in B, bass clarinet in B, 2 bassoons, bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, contrabass tuba, harp, 2 pair kettledrums, cymbals, strings.
The score has been drastically re-worked throughout. The score ends at p.5l. The verso is inscribed ‘G.W.L. Marshall-Hall. Melbourne Victoria Australia.’
- M-H 2/7-2
An unbound full score of the orchestral work An Idyll. 30-stave score paper. Black inked score. Composer’s autograph with some markings in another hand. Bound at left edge in brown paper, now decayed. 33 black inked paginations and a system of deleted pencilled pagination.
The first recto is inscribed in pencil: ‘IDYLL (Full Score).’ (This spelling differs from that of M-H 2/7-1, as do the orchestral parts, M-H 2/7-3:1-46 which are erratic in usage). Part of a signature in pencil can be seen where the upper right hand corner has been torn off. Substituted in black ink is: ‘By G.W.L. Marshall-Hall’ which starts off across the page. The left base edge of the sheet is also torn off.
The score following appears to be an amended version of M-H 2/7-1, and therefore is of a later date. The score ends on the unpaginated verso of p.33. The blue ink writing ‘By G.W.L. Marshall-Hall’ is not in the composer’s hand. It is not dated.
- M-H 2/7-3: 1 to 46
Orchestral parts for An Idyll. Some parts are on 12-stave score paper imprinted ‘B.C.’ on bar with lyre motif and ‘No.29’ below. Others are on a slightly larger 12-stave paper. The parts are drastically corrected and pasted over with deletions and additions. All hold the red stamp of the Grainger Museum.
Present are: 7 first violin, 6 second violin, 5 viola, 6 violoncello, 3 double bass, 1 first and second flute, 1 third flute and piccolo, 1 first and second oboe, 1 English horn, 1 first and second clarinet, 1 bass clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 double bassoon, 1 first and second French horn, 1 third and fourth French horn, 2 first and second trumpet, 1 third trumpet, 1 first and second trombone, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, 1 kettledrum, 1 cymbals, 1 harp.