Music manuscripts from the Library of St Michael's College, Tenbury Wells
The collection includes:
- English and Italian madrigal part-books
- Polyphonic manuscript part-books, from c 1600, with sacred and secular works of English and Continental composers
- The most important source for Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
- Adrian Batten's Organ Book
- Autograph manuscripts of Blow, Boyce, Burney, Wesley and other English composers
- Handel's annotated score of Messiah used at the 1742 Dublin première (MSS. Tenbury 346-347)
- Important sources of early Italian monody
- A copy of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony with many corrections by the composer
- Autograph manuscripts of J. C. Bach, Cimarosa and Galuppi
- Manuscript Italian operas, especially of the 18th century
- Sacred works from the 17th-19th centuries
- Autograph manuscripts of Ouseley's own compositions
- A few autograph letters of English musicians, [c 1800].
- Creation: [c 1600]-1930
127.16 Linear metres (1136 physical shelfmarks)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Tenbury 296].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Tenbury 296-304, 308-848, 851-1386, 1442-1471, 1473-1493, 1495-1509, 1511-1513, 1515-1516
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13362
Music manuscripts from the Library of St Michael's College, Tenbury, Worcestershire, [c 1600]-1930.
Biographical / Historical
Rev. Sir Frederick Ouseley (1825-1889) was a musician, composer, scholar, vicar and Heather Professor of Music at Oxford, 1855-1889. See the Dictionary of National Biography for details.
Sir Frederick Ouseley built the church of St Michael, Tenbury Wells, at his own expense, and was vicar there from 1856 to his death. He also built and endowed St Michael's College, whose purpose was to 'promise a course of training, and to form a model, for the daily choral services of the Church in these realms, and, for the furtherance of this object, to receive, educate and train boys in religious, secular and musical knowledge.' It was to the College that he bequeathed his music library of about 5000 volumes, containing unique manuscript and printed material.
The original shelfmarks of all the Tenbury manuscripts have been retained, but see ‘Preferred citation’ below.
Other Finding Aids
With the kind permission of the Tenbury Trustees, the present catalogue is based on Edmund H. Fellowes, The catalogue of manuscripts in the library of St Michael's College, Tenbury, (Paris: Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, 1934). A copy of this catalogue, annotated with additions and corrections by Watkins Shaw, was filmed as part of the Harvester's Press microfilm publication of the Tenbury manuscript collection in 1981. As many as possible of these revisions and subsequent amendments to the printed catalogue have been incorporated into this online catalogue. In other places, much of Fellowes’ and Watkins Shaw’s original wording is retained. An inventory is available for manuscripts acquired by the College subsequent to the publication of Fellowes' catalogue, and an index of copyists and owners has been prepared by the Bodleian.
Ouseley kept no record of provenance or dates of acquisitions, though he bought regularly at auction sales. A few manuscripts record acquisition by gift.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Tenbury manuscripts were held on deposit at the Bodleian from 1978 until the closure of St Michael's College in 1985. Following the closure of the College ownership of the music manuscripts passed outright by gift to the Bodleian, though a few manuscripts acquired after Ouseley's death remain the property of the Ouseley Trust, and are held on deposit. The Library also purchased printed music and music literature, not duplicated in its own collections, from the College.
MSS. Tenbury 1442-1488 were acquired between 1934 and 1948.
MSS. Tenbury 1489-1516 were acquired between 1949 and 1979.
- Peter Ward Jones, 'The fate of the music collections of St Michael’s College, Tenbury', Brio, xxvii/2 (1990), pp. 48-49.
- Watkins Shaw: 'Sir Frederick Ouseley and his collection’, ibid., pp. 45-47.
- Catalogue of the highly important Toulouse-Philidor collection of manuscript and printed music, and other valuable manuscripts and printed books, the property of St Michael's College, Tenbury Wells (London: Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., 1978).
- 13th century
- 16th century
- 17th century
- 18th century
- 19th century
- 20th century
- Composers, English
- Composers, French
- Composers, German
- Composers, Italian
- Evening service music
- Madrigals, English
- Madrigals, Italian
- Morning service music
- Orchestral music
- Organ music
- Sacred vocal music
- Albinoni | Tomaso Giovanni | 1671-1750/1751 | composer (Person)
- Aldrich | Henry | 1648-1710 | composer (Person)
- Anerio | Felice | c 1560-1614 | composer (Person)
- Arne | Thomas Augustine | 1710-1778 | composer (Person)
- Bach | Johann Christian | 1735-1782 | composer (Person)
- Bernabei | Ercole | 1622-1687 | composer (Person)
- Bassani | Giovanni Battist | c 1650-1716 | composer (Person)
- Batten | Adrian | d 1637 | English composer (Person)
- Beethoven | Ludwig van | 1770-1827 | German composer and pianist (Person)
- Bianchi | (Giuseppe) Francesco | c 1752-1810 | English composer (Person)
- Blow | John | 1648-1708 | composer (Person)
- Boyce | William | 1710-1779 | musician (Person)
- Bull | John | 1562/1563–1628 | composer (Person)
- Burney | Charles | 1726-1814 | musician and author (Person)
- Byrd | William | c 1540-1623 | musical composer (Person)
- Carissimi | Giacomo | 1605-1674 | composer (Person)
- Child | William | 1606/1607-1697 | composer (Person)
- Cimarosa | Domenico | 1749-1801 | Italian composer (Person)
- Clarke | Jeremiah | c 1743-1809 | composer (Person)
- Coprario | John | c 1570/1580-1626 | composer (Person)
- Donizetti | Domenico Gaetano Maria | 1797-1848 | Italian composer (Person)
- Dupuis | Thomas Sanders | 1733-1796 | composer (Person)
- Durante | Francesco | 1684-1755 | composer (Person)
- Ferrabosco | Alfonso | 1543-1588 | composer (Person)
- Galuppi | Baldassare | 1706-1785 | Italian composer (Person)
- Gibbons | Orlando | 1583-1625 | composer (Person)
- Greene | Maurice | 1695-1755 | organist and composer (Person)
- Handel | George Frederick | 1685-1759 | musical composer (Person)
- Hasse | Johann Adolf | 1699-1783 | composer (Person)
- Jommelli | Niccolò | 1714-1774 | composer (Person)
- Lasso | Orlando di | 1532-1594 | composer (Person)
- Lawes | William | 1602-1645 | musician and composer (Person)
- Marenzio | Luca | 1553/1554-1599 | composer (Person)
- Mayr | Giovanni Simone | 1763-1845 | composer (Person)
- Ouseley | Sir | Frederick Arthur Gore | 1825–1889 | 2nd Baronet | Professor of Music at Oxford University (Person)
- Pachelbel | Johann | 1653-1706 | composer (Person)
- Pergolesi | Giovanni Battista | 1710-1736 | composer (Person)
- Schubert | Franz | 1797-1828 | composer (Person)
- Simpson | Christopher | c 1602/1606-1669 | composer (Person)
- Spohr | Louis | 1784-1859 | composer (Person)
- Tallis | Thomas | c 1505-1585 | composer (Person)
- Taverner | John | c 1490-1545 | composer (Person)
- Tye | Christopher | ? 1497-1572 | composer (Person)
- Weldon | John | 1676-1736 | composer (Person)
- Wesley | Charles | 1757-1834 | musician (Person)
- Wesley | Samuel | 1766-1837 | musician (Person)
- White | Robert | c 1538-1574 | composer (Person)
- St Michael's College | Tenbury (Organisation)
- Purcell | Henry | c 1659-1695 | composer (Person)
- Music manuscripts from the Library of St Michael's College, Tenbury Wells
- Edmund H. Fellowes
- 1934, EAD version 2019
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