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The score of [Arcadian Pastoral], 1782

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MS. Beckford c. 61

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Partly in Beckford's hand, partly in the hand of an amanuensis, words by Elizabeth Lady Craven, music by Beckford and (fols. 39-45) by Lady Craven - a trio, 'Fair Aurora goddess bright' (in Beckford's hand), containing sixteen musical numbers in five acts, some dated, 6 Feb.-27 March 1782. No.8 is missing, possibly excluded before the score reached its final form. There is another copy (fols. 87-90) of the end of the overture, in the hand of an amanuensis, on four leaves not forming part of the main manuscript. The pastoral was performed in London on 13 April 1782. See Beckford's own account (written much later) 'Ly Craven's pastoral', in MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 28-38, and Boyd Alexander, England's wealthiest son (1962), pp. 15 and 268, n.13.

Dates

  • 1782

Extent

90 Leaves

Shelfmark

MS. Beckford c. 61

Physical Facet

Binding: loosely sewn

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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