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Tudor anthems copied professionally and worked on by Maurice Greene

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MS. Don. c. 20
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Tudor anthems copied professionally and worked on by Maurice Greene, adding to all a figured bass, corrected errors in both words and music, made notes on the sources of the words and in some cases given variant readings, with (fols. iii-viii) printed account by Ralph Griffin, 1929, of the collection of which this manuscript originally formed vol. II, pp. 211-314; see H. D. Johnstone, 'The genesis of Boyce's Cathedral Music', Music and Letters, 56 (1975), 26-40. Verse in Crum.

  1. Fols. 1-2. Tanis, All people that on earth, printed by Arnold, Cathe-ral Music, 1790, I. pp. 224-227, with an added figured bass
  2. Fols. 2v-6. Byrd, Bow thine ear, printed in Boyce's Cathedral Music I, 1748, pp. 29-33, with some differences
  3. Fols. 6v-9v. White, I will magnify thee O God my King
  4. Fols. 10-12) Byrd, O Lord make thy servant [Elizabeth], taken from a copy reading 'Charles' and corrected by Boyce to 'George'
  5. Fols. 12v-15v. Giles, O give thanks
  6. Fols.16 -18. Byrd, Prevent us O Lord
  7. Fols. 18v-26v. Muriday, O Lord I bow the knees of my heart and O give thanks unto the Lord
  8. Fols. 27-31. Lock, Turn thy face from my sins
  9. Fols. 31v-35. Byrd, Save me O God
  10. Fols. 35v-40v. Bull, O Lord my God I will exalt thee, printed in Boyce's Cathedral Music, III, 1773, pp. 165-172, and O Lord God, O God of our salvation
  11. Fols. 44-50. Tye, I will exalt thee, in Cathedral Music, II, 1768, pp. 10-18
  12. Fols. 50v-52. Farrant, Call to remembrance, ib. pp. 19-21


  • Creation: 18th century


54 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. c. 20, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don. c. 20

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16539


Tudor anthems copied professionally and worked on by Maurice Greene

Biographical / Historical

Maurice Greene, 1696-1755, was an English organist and composer.

Custodial History

On foll. iii-viii is an account by Ralph Griffin of a collection bound together in two volumes, of the second of which this manuscript was formerly pp. 211-314. Its history is the same as that of MS.Don.c.19. Owned by Samuel Arnold, 23 June 1796; Joseph Corfe; William Alexander Barrett, 1876; F. Joyce Barrett, 1891; Hodgson's, 26 June 1925 (Barrett sale), lot 416.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Ralph Griffin through the Friends of the Bodleian, 1929. See F.O.B. Annual Report VIII, 1932-3, p.14.

Physical Facet

Bound by Maltby of Oxford in half brown morocco

Tudor anthems copied professionally and worked on by Maurice Greene
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
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Weston Library
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