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'Sonatas For two Basse-Viols To a Thorough-Basse. Mr. Benjamin Hely', late 17th cent.

MS. Mus. Sch. e. 428

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Benjamin Hely: Part-books of sonatas, now lacking the through bass part (which may formerly have been kept with MS. Mus. Sch. d. 251) and pieces by Marin Marais. Carefully copied [by Francis Withy]. i, 1st Basse; ii, 2 B[ass].

A different version of the sonatas in MSS. Mus. Sch. c. 78 and d. 251:
  1. G minor, VdGS 1. i, fols. 1v-2; ii, fols. 13v-14.
  2. G major, VdGS 6. i, fols. 2v-3; ii, fols. 14v-15.
  3. B flat, VdGS 3. i, fols. 3v-4; ii, fols. 15v-16.
  4. F, VdGS 5. i, fols. 4v-5v; ii, fols. 16v-17v.
  5. A minor, VdGS 2. i, fols. 5v-6v; ii, fol. 18.
  6. C minor, VdGS 4. i, fols. 6v-7v; ii, fols. 18v-19v.
  7. (1) [Marin Marais}: 'Tombeau de Mr. Meliton'. G minor, VdGS 83. i, fols. 8v-9; ii, fols. 20v-21.
  8. (2-8) [Marin Marais]: 'Prelude a 2 violes' and dance movements. D minor, VdGS 66. i, fols. 9v-12; ii, fols. 21v-24.
Items 7 and 8 are a new series numbered 1-8, the parts having fingering and ornaments, and some correction by the copyist.


  • late 17th cent.


1 box (2 volumes in 1)

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Mus. Sch. e. 428

Former reference:

Music School B. 4. 32.

Other Finding Aids

Viola da Gamba Society Thematic index of music for viols [online] (VdGS)

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

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. 26563.

RISM 800273136

Not on the 1682 list.


  • Ashbee, Thompson and Wainwright, The Viola da Gamba Society index of manuscripts containing consort music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001-2008) [and online (VdGS)], vol. 2, pp. 182-183.

Physical Facet

Two part-books now bound as one volume. Each part is three quires of 4. Watermark: Fleur de Lys; counter-mark IHS. Ruling: 6 5-lined staves, red marginal ruling at both edges. Binding: marbled paper.


Oblong quarto

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom