Open Unwrapped Dec 20th: Herschel’s Music
What do you know of the Herschels?
Sir William Hershel was the British astronomer who discovered Uranus and became the first president of the Royal Astronomical Society. Caroline Herschel, his sister, was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science, to be awarded a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and to be named an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Both were also musicians. William played the oboe, violin, harpsichord, and the organ, and composed a number of symphonies, concertos, and church music. Caroline accompanied William’s musical performances as a vocalist and acquired a reputation as a musician in her own right.
The Open Books collection from The University of Edinburgh Library contains two openly licensed documents of organ music compositions by Sir William Herschel.
The PDF’s have been scanned by the Centre for Research Collections and supplied under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 Licence.
Stephanie (Charlie) Farley
Open Educational Resources Advisor, EDE
The University of Edinburgh