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Extra bass part-book, mid-17th cent.

MS. Mus. Sch. 414

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One part-book of consort music for strings in three and four parts by Charles Coleman, Richard Cooke and William Lawes; and (volumes reversed) anonymous lute and lyra viol consort music, two anonymous lute solos, and lute consort music by J. Birchensha.

1-2: Charles Coleman. 'Ayres of 4 Parts' for 2 trebles, tenor and bass.

1. Pavan, Coranto, Almaine, Galliard, Almaine, Coranto, 2 Almaines, Saraband, Galliard, in D minor [VdGS 101-110], numbered 1-10. v, fols. 2-6v.

2. 'Pavan Almaine', Coranto, Almaine, Saraband, Almaine, Galliard, Almaine, Coranto, Almaine, Saraband, in D major [VdGS 71-80], numbered 11-20. v, fols. 7-11v.

3-6: Charles Coleman. 3-part Airs for 2 trebles and a bass. The tenor book contains second copies of the bass parts:

3. 9 airs in G minor [VdGS 301-309], numbered 21-29. v, fols. 12-16.

4. 6 airs in G major [VdGS 251-256], numbered 30-35. v, fols. 16v-20.

5. 6 airs in B flat major [VdGS 381-386], numbered 36-41. v, fols. 20v-23.

6. 4 airs in F major [VdGS 191-194], numbered 42-45. v, (two copies), fols. 23v-25 and 36-35v rev.

7. Mr. W. Lawes. 2 'Eccos' [from The Royall Consort, suites 1 and 6], for 2 trebles, 2 basses and through bass, in D minor [VdGS 40] and D major [VdGS 7] , numbered 46-47. v, fols. 25v-26.

8-11: Richard Cooke. Airs for 2 trebles and bass.

8. Aire, Alman, Corrant, Sarabrand, in B flat major [VdGS 7-10], numbered 50-53 (number 52 also bears the number '31'). v, fols. 27v-30.

9. Ayre, Alman, Corrant, Sarabrand, in G minor [VdGS 11-14], numbered 54-57 (numbers 56-57 also bear the number '31'). v, fols. 29v-31.

10. Ayre and Corrant in D minor [VdGS 15-16], numbered 58-59 (number 59 also bears the number '31'). v, fols. 31v-32.

11. Ayre and Sarabrand in D major [VdGS 17-18], numbered 60-61 (number 61 also bears the number '31'). v, fols. 32v-33.

Volumes reversed:

12-13: Music for treble, lute, lyra viol and bass.

12. 20 pieces in A minor and C major, numbered 1-20. (No. 7 bears the title 'Saraband' in iii). v, fols. 44-39v rev.

13. 65 pieces in G major, numbered 21-26. v, fols. 39-38 rev.

15. [J. Birchensha]. 6 pieces for 2 trebles, lute and bass, in A minor [VdGS 1-6], numbered 27-32: 31 is a Pavan. v, fols. 38-36v rev.


  • Creation: mid-17th cent.


1 box (1 volume)

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Mus. Sch. 414

Former refernce:

Music School A. 4. 38-42

Other Finding Aids

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, nos. 26527-26531

Physical Facet

Five instrumental part-books, 83, 82, 76, 81 and 44 leaves, respectively. MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 410-411 and 413 (i, ii and iv) were originally each quired in 8 gatherings as follows: 1/4, 2/12-6/12, 7/8, 8/4 with a quire of 4 unruled leaves at either end; the following leaves were removed: i, 8/3; ii, 4/2. 7/1; iv, 5/9, 5/12, 6/1. MS. Mus. Sch. e. 412 (iii) is quired in 8 gatherings: 1/2, 2/8, 3/12 (lacking 3/1), 4/8, 5-7/12 (lacking 6/5), 8/4, with a quire of 4 unruled leaves at either end. MS. Mus. Sch. e. 414 (v) was rebound and the quiring cannot be determined. Watermarks: MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 410-413, (i-iv) Fleur de Lys, not in Heawood; MS. Mus. Sch. e. 414 (v), three kinds of paper - fols. 1-12, Bird, resembling Heawood 199, fols. 13-44 (except fols. 26-33) two-headed Eagle, somewhat resembling Heawood 1302 with initials IC, and fols. 26-33, Foolscap somewhat resembling Heawood 1963 with initials L B (?). Ruling: MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 410-413 (i-iv) 6 5-line staves throughout, altered in ii (fols. 78v-55v rev.) and iii (fols. 5-28) to 6 lines for tablature; marginal ruling at both edges. MS. Mus. Sch. e. 414 (v), fols. 1-12, ruled as MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 410-413; fols. 13-44, 7 staves to a page. MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 410-413 (i-iv) bound in chestnut calf, described in MS. Mus. Sch. e. 414 (v), fol. 1, as 'Red leather a little guilt'. Instructions to the binder in MS. Mus. Sch. e. 412 (iii), fol. 76v, partly cut away, read: 'singill filletes with a print in the m[idst] & strong pastbords & sowed too o[pen] verie flatt; & too bee donn with [? full] speede'. MS. Mus. Sch. e. 414 (v) was originally in a blue paper cover.


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