Scope and arrangement
The Melchiorre Mauro-Cottone papers consist of 12 boxes, dating from 1874 to 1982. Seven boxes contain written music, largely in the hand of Mauro-Cottone. There is a large collection of hymns and other music for Roman Catholic Masses. Some published sheet music is included, as well as an unpublished book entitled Piano and Theory in Concise Form. Correspondence is mainly on professional matters, and programs and clippings relate to various performances. There are a number of signed portraits from fellow performers, and three oversized diplomas.
The Melchiorre Mauro-Cottone papers are arranged in three series:
This series consists of correspondence, programs, clippings, photographs and writings. Material dates from the span of Mauro-Cottone's career and beyond. Correspondence from fellow performers is from both Italy and the US. Programs include Mauro-Cottone's major American performances, and clippings include reviews of these. There are also photograph portraits of colleagues and an unpublished book under 'Writings'.
The majority of the music is in the hand of Mauro-Cottone. There are large number of hymns and other pieces for Roman Catholic Masses. There are some songs for children and Christmas carols, as well as a number of exercises for organ. A large number of pieces are for organ, but also included are vocal scores and music for strings. Some published sheet music is included, including Ave Maria and Jesus Christus.
This includes three certificates presented to Mauro-Cottone. There are diplomas from Academia Filarmonica Siciliana and R. Conservatoria, and an honorary doctorate from the American University.