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Parish Alvars romances for harp

Identifier: MSS 8639

Scope and Contents

Contains a series of 95 autograph manuscript harp pieces written by Elias Parish Alvars with accompanying texts from well-known 18th and 19th century writers/poets.


  • approximately 1832-1849


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Parish Alvars romances for harp must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Elias Parish Alvars (1808-1849) was an English harpist and composer and one of the most well-known and accomplished harpists of the Romantic period.

Alvars was born in Devonshire, England on February 28, 1808. At an early age he studied and performed on the harp. He first studied in London with Nicolas Charles Bochsa and later studied voice and composition in Florence. Alvars had a rich performance career, giving concerts on tours in places like Germany, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Constantinople, Switzerland, France, Hungary, England, and Italy. During his career he also regularly performed with Carl Czerny. Alvars began composing for harp in 1834 under the pseudonym "Albert Alvars," and that same year moved to Vienna where he continued to teach and perform, specifically with the Hofopertheater. In 1842 he married pianist and harpist, Melanie Lewy and they frequently performed together. Alvars continued to tour and give concerts throughout Europe until his death on January 25, 1849.


1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Purchased from J.G. Morley on November 21, 2014 who had originally purchased them from J. Dubez, a pupil of Parish Alvars.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; J.G. Morley; November 21, 2014.

Purchased; J. Dubez; approximately 1870-1881.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i., International Harp Collection Development Policy, January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Caryn Jackson, student manuscript processor, and David Day, curator; 2015.

Register of Parish Alvars romances for harp
In Progress
Caryn Jackson
2015 January 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States