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28 anthems in score, almost all copied by a single, early 18th-cent. scribe

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MS. Mus. c. 58

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In the latter part are references to William Croft as 'Dr.' (1713) and to Valentine Nalson as 'praebendary of Ripon' (1713-1723). A note on fol. 44v naming 'Mr. Barns or Mr. Elford' [i. e. Richard Elford of the Chapel Royal (1702), St Paul's and Westminster Abbey] as soloist in Jeremiah Clarke's 'Praise the Lord O my soul' suggests London as provenance. The copyist sometimes gives references to dates and occasions of composition and performance (fols. 9v, 14, 25, 31, 31v, 44v, 61 and 94v).

The manuscript was paginated and a list of contents provided in the early 19th cent. by Archdeacon Gilbert Heathcote (1765-1829).

The volume includes:

(a) (fols. 2-5) Pellam Humphreys [Pelham Humfrey]: verse anthem, 'O praise the Lord' with instrumental ritornelli in 4 parts.

(b) (fols. 5v-9v) Dr. Blow: verse anthem, 'When Israel came out of Egypt', dated 'Aprill ye 5t 1674', with instrumental music in 4 parts.

(c) (fols. 10-14) Dr. John Blow: verse anthem, 'And I heard a great voice', dated 1674, with instrumental music in 4 parts.

(d) (fols. 14v-18) Dr. Blow: verse anthem, 'I beheld and lo a great multitude', with organ (see fol. 16a).

(e) (fols. 18v-21) Pellam Humphreys [Pelham Humfrey]: verse anthem, 'Thou art my king', with instrumental music in 4 parts.

(f) (fols. 21v-24v) Dr. Blow: verse anthem, 'I said in the cutting off of my days', with instrumental prelude and ritornelli in 4 parts.

(g) (fols. 25-31) Jer[emiah] Clarke: 'Thanksgiving Anthem Sept 23. 1705 at St. Pauls, the Queen Present For the Victory & Success in Flanders, in passing The French Lines', 'I will love thee O Lord', verse anthem with organ dated at beginning August 3 1705 (see J. S. Bumpus, History of English Cathedral Music, 1549-1889, i. 198).

(h) (fols. 31v-37) Henry Purcell: verse anthem, 'O give thanks' [Z. 33], 1693, with organ (see fol. 34v).

(j) (fols. 37v-42v) Dr. William Child: 7-part anthem, 'Sing we merrily'.

(k) (fols. 43-48v) Mr. Clark: verse anthem, 'Praise the Lord O my soul', verse anthem with organ (see 'Trumpet [stop]', fol. 43v).

(l) (fols. 49-52) Mr. Humphreys [Pelham Humfrey]: verse anthem 'O Lord my God why hast thou forsaken me', with prelude and ritornello in 3 parts.

(m) (fols. 52v-56v) Dr. John Blow: verse anthem, 'Thy mercy O Lord', with prelude, ritornello, etc. for two violins and bass.

(n) (fols. 57-61) Mr. Purcell: verse anthem, 'The Way of God' [Z. 56], 'Nov: ye 11th 1694 King William then returned from Flanders', with organ.

(o) (fols. 61v-65) Mr. Henry Purcell: verse anthem, 'O God thou hast cast us out' [Z. 36].

(p) (fols. 65v-67v) Mr. H[enry] Purcell: full anthem, 'O God thou art my God' [Z. 35].

(q) (fols. 68-70v) Mr. Henry Purcell: full anthem, 'I was glad' [Z. 19] (printed in Harmonia Sacra i, 2nd ed., 1703) with basso continuo but lacking ritornelli.

(r) (fols. 71-74) Mr. Hen[ry] Purcell: verse anthem, 'Be merciful unto me' [Z. 4].

(s) (fols. 74v-78v) Dr. Croft: full anthem, 'We will rejoice', printed in Musica Sacra, 1724, i. 31.

(t) (fols. 78v-80v) Mr. George Loosemore: 4-part setting in G minor of 'Glory be to God' from the Communion Service.

(u) (fols. 80-81v) Dr. Rogers: full anthem, 'Lord who shall dwell'.

(v) (fols. 82-85v) Mr. Humphreys [Pelham Humfrey]: verse anthem, 'Haste thee O Lord', in a different hand.

(w) (fols. 86-90) Dr. Aldrich upon Mr. Wise: verse anthem, 'Thy beauty O Israel'.

(x) (fols. 90v-94v) Dr. Tudway: verse anthem, 'Is it true', with prelude and ritornelli in 3 parts, 'Sung before Queen Anne at Windsor July 12. 1702 by Dr. Turner, Mr. John Gostling, And Mr. Damascene'.

(y) (fols. 95-98v) Dr. Croft: verse anthem, 'I will sing' with organ, printed in Musica sacra, i. 95.

(z) (fols. 98v-100) Dr. Blow: full anthem, 'Save me O God'.

(aa) (fols. 100v-104) Dr. Croft: full anthem, 'O Lord grant the king', printed in Musica Sacra, ii. 26.

(bb) (fols. 104v-109) Dr. Croft: full anthem, 'O Lord rebuke me not', printed in Musica Sacra, i. 79.

(cc) (fols. 110-117v) 'Give thanks unto the Lord', 'The Musick by Fiocco Senior. The words fitted to it by Mr. Valentine Nalson, Sub-Chanter of York and praebendary of Ripon', with instrumental music in 3 parts, i.e. an arrangement of Pietro Antonio Fiocco's 'O quam serena rutilat' from Sacri Concerti, 1691.

Items (c), (d), (e), (h), (o), (p), (r), (v), (w) and (z) were later printed in Boyce's Cathedral Music, 1760-1788. Items (q) and (u) were printed in John Page's Harmonia Sacra, 1800.


  • Creation: early 18th cent.


120 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Mus. c. 58

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16614


28 anthems in score, almost all copied by a single, early 18th cent. scribe.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Custodial History

Owned by Gilbert Heathcote (1765-1829), his eldest son, Revd Gilbert Wall Heathcote (1806-1893) and by John S. Bumpus (1861-1913), (MS. P. in his collection).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1927.

Physical Facet

Binding: early 19th cent.

28 anthems in score, almost all copied by a single, early 18th-cent. scribe
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
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