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IV. Miscellaneous Papers, 1869.


Scope and Content

From the Collection: The Areu Collection, which represents the major composers and librettists of the late 19th century, contains 131 zarzuelas, miscellaneous music, plays, playbills, and personal papers. Of the zarzuelas, about 100 originated in Spain, and a small number from Cuba and Mexico. There are also several translations and arrangements of French, Italian and Viennese operettas. Almost half of the zarzuelas are one-act works, about one-third contain two or more acts, and the remainder are of undetermined length. Only a dozen works are complete with librettos and orchestral parts, but there are over eighty workable zarzuelas with conductors' scores and/or piano-vocal scores. As a performing collection, it is a valuable source of many possibly rare or unavailable works.

The music scores and librettos, full of performance notations and other marginalia, also constitute a valuable record of performance practices and serve as a primary source for the study of theater history and development in 19th-century Cuba and Mexico. The collection is, furthermore, a resource for educators who wish to amplify their teaching of Spanish language and culture.

Series I (in 62 document boxes) contains 131 zarzuelas. Series II (Box 63) contains miscellaneous musical works for theater and salon as well as a number of plays; and Series III (Box 64) contains 24 playbills. Series IV (in Boxes 64-67) comprises miscellaneous materials. Series V in boxes 68-70 contains transcriptions.


  • 1869.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Spanish French Italian German

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Researchers are required to use the microfilm edition of Series I and II available at: CSWR M1500 A74 C65.

See Microfilm Guide.


From the Collection: 72 boxes (32.35 cu. ft.)


Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131