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New College Chapel Choir Books


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New College Chapel Choir Books: incomplete sets and isolated members of part-books which were in use from the early 17th century up to the middle of the 19th century and probably later. Content and arrangement differ even in parts from the same set, as unwanted music was discarded when the books were repaired, and space was filled unsystematically: in the latter half of the period music was sometimes copied by one hand in unrelated books. On the covers there is usually indication of content (services and anthems), voice, and side (Decani or Warden's and Cantoris); numbers, written or stamped, represent different attempts to distinguish the sets from one another. The parts are the work of a series of copyists, of whom two record payment by the Bursar, Morgan Cove (1742-1724) and Philip Hayes (1781-1795).


  • 17th-19th cent.


32 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

Latin and English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Mus. c. 46].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Mus. c. 46-51, d. 149-169, c. 22-25, f. 32

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13260

Biographical / Historical

New College Chapel, University of Oxford.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the Library by the Warden and Fellow of New College in 1919.
New College Chapel Choir Books
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom