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'Sonatas for 2 Bass violls With, a Thorow Bass for the Harpsicord or Bass violl Composed by Benjamin Hely', [1680s?]

MS. Mus. Sch. c. 78

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Benjamin Hely: Expertly copied part-books containing the 6 sonatas also found in MS. Mus. Sch. d. 251 (in order of key, initialled 'BH' at end), and an additional sonata for treble, bass and continuo.

The part-books are: i, 1st bass viol ; ii, 2nd bass viol; iii, through bass.
  1. G minor, VdGS 1. i, fols. 2v-3; ii, fols. 12v-13; iii, fols. 22v-23.
  2. A minor, VdGS 2. i, fols. 3v-4; ii, fols. 13v-14; iii, fols. 23v-24.
  3. B flat, VdGS 3. i, fols. 4v-5; ii, fols. 14v-15; iii, fols. 24v-25.
  4. C minor, VdGS 4. i, fols. 5v-6; ii, fols. 15v-16; iii, fols. 25v-26.
  5. F major, VdGS 5. i, fols. 6v-7; ii, fols. 16v-17; iii, fols. 26v-27.
  6. G major, VdGS 6. i, fols. 7v-8; ii, fols. 17v-18; iii, fols. 27v-28.
  7. Trio for treble, bass and continuo, copied by a different hand, VdGS 7. i, fols. 8v-9; ii, fols. 18v-19; iii, fols. 28v-29.


  • [1680s?]


1 box (3 volumes in 1)

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Mus. Sch. c. 78

Former reference:

Music School A. 5. 26-28.

Other Finding Aids

Robert Hake, [Catalogue of the Music School Collection], c 1850-1855. No. XLVII.

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 26444-26446.

RISM 800273456

Not on the 1682 list.

Physical Facet

Three part-books (i-iii) now bound as one volume. i and iii, each a gathering of 8; ii, bifolium preceding gathering of 6. Watermark: Fleur de Lys, resembling Heawood 1786, countermark LL. Ruling: 12 5-lined staves, marginal ruling brown ink at both edges. Binding: marbled paper.


Large upright quarto

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom