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The score of [Arcadian Pastoral], 1782

MS. Beckford c. 61
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

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.


  • Creation: 1782


90 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Beckford c. 61

Physical Facet

Binding: loosely sewn

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom