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A single Discantus part-book from a likely set of six, containing Latin motets and a few secular pieces, c 1600

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MS. Tenbury 389

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The book in its original vellum binding was repaired in 1921 at the British Museum. It was absolutely necessary that it should be restitched and some disturbance of the initials W B was inevitable in the process.

Although Fellowes believed that the initials on the cover of the book and again in red ink on p. 2 line 2 were T E, and thus the book was likely to be in the hand of Thomas East, it later transpired that the letters are simply a fairly elbaborate majuscule 'E', of which the slightly flourishing left-hand upright stroke was mistaken for 'T'. The letter 'E' was no doubt borne by other part-books, now missing, of the set to which this belonged, as the designation of the set. The initials 'W B' are written on the top margins of the book, and this may indicate that it was owned by William Byrd, though this speculation is not substantiated.

No. 71 has the date 1573 under White's name, but the date of the manuscript is probably rather later than that.

Contents:
  1. (p. 1) Aspice Domine. William Byrd
  2. (p. 2) Ne irascaris (pars 1). William Byrd
  3. (p. 3) Civitas sancti tui (pars 2). William Byrd
  4. (p. 4) Domine prestolamur (pars 1). William Byrd
  5. (p. 5) Veni Domine (pars 2 of Domine prestolamur). William Byrd
  6. (p. 6) A woeful heart. Robert Parsons
  7. (p. 7) In nomine. Robert Parsons
  8. (p. 7) Instrumental fancy. Henri de la Court. [Parsons?]
  9. (p. 10) Hey down
  10. (p. 13) In nomine. Nicholas Strogers
  11. (p. 13) Lusty gallant. Robert Parsons
  12. (p. 14) Mine heart
  13. (p. 15) Precamur sancte Domine. Robert White
  14. (p. 16) Memento nostri
  15. (p. 17) Esurientes implevit. John Shepherd [Sheppard]
  16. (p. 18) The world is a world. [Strogers]
  17. (p. 18) The God of gods
  18. (p. 19) Save me O God
  19. (p. 20) Quis te victorem? [Clemens non Papa]
  20. (p. 21) Deliver me from mine enemies. [Parsons]
  21. (p. 22) Blessed art thou. Peter Philips [?Philip van Wilder]
  22. (p. 23) O Lord, that heaven
  23. (p. 25) Qui consolabatur. [Clemens non Papa]
  24. (p. 27) Non tc hostis. [Clemens non Papa]
  25. (p. 28) Lame bani. Peter Philips [?Philip van Wilder]
  26. (p. 29) Madona. Peter Philips [?Philip van Wilder]
  27. (p. 26) Blessed are those. Thomas Tallis
  28. (p. 48) Salva nos Domine. A'photso Ferrabosco
  29. (p. 47) Da pacem. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  30. (p. 48) Timor et tremor. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  31. (p. 49) Exaudi deus. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  32. (p. 51) Heu mihi Domine. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  33. (p. 52) Virgo per incertos. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  34. (p. 53) Domine non secundum. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  35. (p. 55) Afflictus sum. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  36. (p. 57) Ne derelinquas me. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  37. (p. 58) Credo quod redemptor. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  38. (p. 59) Domine in virtute (pars 1). Robert Johnson
  39. (p. 60) Magna gloria eius (pars 2). Robert Johnson
  40. (p. 70) In nomine. [Tye?]
  41. (p. 71) In nomine. William Byrd
  42. (p. 72) In nomine. William Byrd
  43. (p. 73) In nomine. John Taverner
  44. (p. 74) In nomine. Robert Johnson
  45. (p. 75) In nomine. Thomas Tallis
  46. (p. 76) In nomine. Hawkes [Hake]
  47. (p. 77) A solis ortus. Nicholas Strogers [Parsons?]
  48. (p. 78) In nomine. Mudd
  49. (p. 79) O salutaris hostia. Thomas Tallis
  50. (p. 80) Sabbatum Maria Magdalena. Thomas Tallis
  51. (p. 81) Tota pulchra es. Robert White
  52. (p. 84) Vestra precincti. John Redford
  53. (p. 86) Browning. William Byrd
  54. (p. 88) Peccantem me. Robert Parsons
  55. (p. 89) Veni sponsa Christi. [Lassus]
  56. (p. 90) Miserere. Patrick Douglas
  57. (p. 91) Deus in adiutorium. William Byrd
  58. (p. 94) When weary bones. Robert White
  59. (p. 95) If trickling tears. William Byrd
  60. (p. 96) Mistrut not truth. Nicholas Strogers
  61. (p. 97) What is the cause? Alphonso Ferrabosco
  62. (p. 98) Come tread the path. William Byrd
  63. (p. 99) O trifling toys. William Byrd
  64. (p. 101) Abradate. William Byrd [Farrant?]
  65. (p. 101) Pour down ye powers. Nicholas Strogers
  66. (p. 103) O heavenly God. William Byrd
  67. (p. 104) O quam gloriosum. William Byrd
  68. (p. 105) Benedictio et claritas. William Byrd
  69. (p. 106) O Lord within thy tabernacle. William Byrd
  70. (p. 107) Susanne un jour. [Rore]
  71. (p. 109) In resurrectione tua. William Byrd
  72. (p. 110) Arise O Lord. William Byrd
  73. (p. 110) Help us O God. William Byrd
  74. (p. 111) Super flumina. Philip de Monte
  75. (p. 114) Quomodo cantabimus (pars 1). W. Byrd
  76. (p. 115) Si non proposuero (pars 2). W. Byrd
  77. (p. 117) Sana me Domine (pars 1). Alphonso Ferrabosco
  78. (p. 118) Ne derelinquas me (pars 2). Alphonso Ferrabosco
  79. (p. 119) Tribulationem et dolorem. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  80. (p. 120) Incipit lamentatio. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  81. (p. 124) De lamentatione. Albponso Ferrabosco
  82. (p. 127) Mirabile misterium. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  83. (p. 129) Ingemuit Susanna. Alphonso Ferrabosco
  84. (p. 131) Sponsus amat (a fragment). William Byrd
  85. (p. 132) Domine tu iurasti. William Byrd
  86. (p. 134) Vide Domine (pars 1). William Byrd
  87. (p. 135) Sed veni Domine (pars 2). William Byrd
  88. (p. 136) Exurge quare obdormis. William Byrd
  89. (p. 139) Haec dicit Dominus (pars 1). William Byrd
  90. (p. 140) Haec dicit Dominus (pars 2). William Byrd
  91. (p. 141) Audivi vocem. William Byrd
  92. (p. 142) Apparebit in finem. William Byrd
  93. (p. 144) Fac cum servo tuo. William Byrd
  94. (p. 146) Laetentur coeli (pars 1). William Byrd
  95. (p. 147) Orietur in diebus (pars 2). William Byrd
  96. (p. 148) Circumdederunt me. William Byrd
  97. (p. 150) Care for thy soul. William Byrd
  98. (p. 150) Vide Domine (pars 1). William Byrd
  99. (p. 151) Quoniam amaritudine (pars 2). William Byrd
  100. (p. 152) Domine exaudi. William Byrd
  101. (p. 153) Tribulationes civitatum (pars 1). William Byrd
  102. (p. 154) Timor et hebitudo (pars 2). William Byrd
  103. (p. 156) Nos enim pro peccatis (pars 3). William Byrd
  104. (p. 157) Tristitia et anxietas (pars 1). William Byrd
  105. (p. 159) Sed tu Domine (pars 2). William Byrd
  106. (p. 160) Deus venerunt gentes (pars 1). William Byrd
  107. (p. 162) Posuerunt morticinia (pars 1). William Byrd
  108. (p. 163) O salutaris hostia. William Byrd
  109. (p. 164) Omni tempore benedic (pars 1). William Byrd
  110. (p. 165) Memor esto fili (pars 2). William Byrd
  111. (p. 166) Domine quis habitat. Robert Parsons
  112. (p. 168) Credo quod redemptor. Robert Parsons
  113. (p. 169) Haec dies est. John Shepherd [Sheppard]
  114. (p. 170) Spem in alium
  115. (p. 173) Vidi civitatem. [van Wilder?/Gombert?]
  116. (p. 175) Quemadmodum (pars 1 et 2). [Taverner]
  117. (p. 176) Instrumental piece
  118. (p. 177) Aspice Domine. Peter Philips [van Wilder]
  119. (p. 178) Plorans plorabit
  120. (p. 180) Verbum caro. E. Blankes [Blancks]
  121. (p. 181) Libera nos. John Shepherd [Sheppard]
  122. (p. 182) In manus tuas. Thomas Morley
  123. (p. 183) Peccavi. William Byrd
  124. (p. 185) Retribue. [Parsons]
  125. (p. 186) Aufer de me opprobrium
  126. (p. 188) Opprobrium facti sumus. W. Byrd
  127. (p. 189) Infelix ego (pars 1). W. Byrd
  128. (p. 191) Quid igitur faciam? (pars 2). W. Byrd
  129. (p. 192) Quoniam tu solus (Ad te igitur) (pars 3). W. Byrd
  130. (p. 194) With wailing voice. Blankes [Blancks]
  131. (p. 196) Mr Blankes his farewell. Blankes [Blancks]
  132. (p. 197) Bella signora
  133. (p. 198) Dulce Madona
  134. (p. 199) Phillis hath stolen my heart away
  135. (p. 200) In nomine. Alphonro Ferrabosco
  136. (p. 200) Fantasy of 5 parts. E. Blankes [Blancks]
  137. (p. 202) Vita della mia vita. Orlando di Lasso [Lassus]
  138. (p. 203) Une nonayne. Peter Philips [van Wilder]
  139. (p. 204) Un jour une moine. Peter Philips [van Wilder]
  140. (p. 205) In nomine. Brewster
  141. (p. 206) Fie then why sit we musing?
  142. (p. 208) Save me O God. [Byrd]
  143. (p. 210) O give thanks
  144. (p. 212) O my son Absalom. [Weelkes]
  145. (p. 214) Alleluia salvation and glory. [Weelkes]
  146. (p. 216) Christus resurgens (pars 1). John Redford
  147. (p. 218) Dicant nunc (pars 2). John Redford
  148. (p. 222) Miserere, a 5. [W. More]
  149. (p. 222) Miserere, a 3. [W. More]

Dates

  • c 1600

Extent

1 volume

Shelfmark

MS. Tenbury 389

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital images, a more detailed inventory and further information in DIAMM.

Related Materials

The companion superius part-book (also known as the ‘James’ or ‘McGhie’ part-book) can be found in DIAMM. A microfilm is also available at MS. Film 1894.

Bibliography

  • Joseph Kerman, 'Byrd's motets: chronology and canon', Journal of the American Musicological Society , xiv/3 (1961), p. 359.

Dimensions

7 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches obl.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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