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Volume of songs, keyboard pieces and dance tunes, compiled for Augusta Anne Vavasour of Weston

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MS. Mus. d. 261

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The manuscript title-page within an engraved border reads 'This book of songs is compos'd [i.e. compiled and ?partly arranged] by and humbly dedicated to Mrs. Vavasour by her most oblig'd & obt. servt. Numpy Crackabout'. In pencil is added the name 'John Chaloner', which may possibly be the identity of the pseudonymous compiler.

The volume comprises:

  1. (fol. 2) 'Waltz', keyboard, G major
  2. (fol. 2) 'Waltz', keyboard, C major
  3. (fols. 2v-3) 'When I know that y heart is anothers'. Song
  4. (fols. 3v-4) 'Corydons doleful knell'. Song
  5. (fol. 4v) 'The prayer of the Italian mariners' (beg. 'O sanctissima'), 2 voices and keyboard
  6. (fol. 5) 'Waltz', keyboard, C major
  7. (fols. 5v-6) 'As wrapt in sleep I lay'. Song from S. Storace, The pirates
  8. (fol. 6) 'Devils dream'. Dance tune, melody only
  9. (fols. 6v-7) Untitled keyboard piece, E major
  10. (fol. 7) 'Waltz', keyboard, C major
  11. (fol. 7) 'Waltz', keyboard, F major
  12. (fol. 7v) 'Come unto these yellow sands'. Song from H. Purcell (or J. Weldon), The Tempest [Z. 631/5ab]
  13. (fol. 8) 'Waltz', keyboard, C major
  14. (fol. 8) 'Waltz', keyboard, F major
  15. (fols. 8v-9v) 'The soldier's adieu'. Song from C. Dibdin, The wags
  16. (fol. 9v) 'Radbourn reel'. Melody only
  17. (fol. 10) Untitled keyboard piece by 'Haydn' - arrangement of String quartet, op. 2 no. 2 [Hob. III:8, 4th movt.]
  18. (fol. 10v) 'When all was wrapp'd in dark midnight'. Song
  19. (fol. 10v) 'Morpeth rant', keyboard
  20. (fol. 11) Untitled keyboard piece, E flat major
  21. (fol. 11v) Untitled keyboard piece - J. Haydn: arrangement of String quartet, op. 17 no. 4 [Hob. III:28, 2nd movt.]
  22. (fol. 12) Untitled keyboard piece by 'Haydn' - arrangement of String quartet, op. 1 no. 1 [Hob. III:1, 2nd movt.]
  23. (fols. 12v-14) 'There, the silver'd waters roam'. Song from S. Storace, The pirates
  24. (fol. 14) 'Follow her o'er the border', keyboard
  25. (fol. 14) 'Dusty Miller', keyboard
  26. (fols. 14v-15) 'Tell me thou dear departed shade', 2 voices and bass
  27. (fols. 15v-16) 'Aria. Larghetto cantabile', keyboard, E major
  28. (fol. 16) 'Carlione, a favorite Irish tune', keyboard
  29. (fols. 16v-17) Untitled keyboard Andante, A major
  30. (fol. 17v) 'Minuett Ariadne', keyboard. From G. F. Handel, Arianna in Creta, overture [HWV 32]
  31. (fol. 18) 'Morgan Ratler', keyboard
  32. (fol. 18v) 'Andante - for the harp', E flat major
  33. (fol. 19) 'Short Troop of the 1st Reg[ime]nt. of Guards', keyboard
  34. (fol. 19v) 'Paesiellos Grand March in La Locandinini' [i.e. La Locanda], keyboard
  35. (fol. 20) 'Lady Shaftesbury's strathspey', keyboard
  36. (fol. 20) 'Seige [sic] of Belgrade', keyboard - anon. dance tune, not by S. Storace
  37. (fols. 20v-21) 'To fairest Delia's grassy tomb'. Song from Joseph Harris, Twelve songs, op. 3 no. 10
  38. (fol. 21v) 'When first you courted me'. Song (Donald. A favourite Scots song)
  39. (fol. 22) 'Chanson ecossoise', keyboard
  40. (fol. 22) 'Miss Seymores reel'. Melody only
  41. (fols. 22v-23) Untitled keyboard piece, E flat major
  42. (fol. 23) 'Jennies baubie'. Dance tune, melody only
  43. (fols. 23v-25v) 'Lewie Gordon', keyboard - T. H. Butler: Lewie Gordon, arranged as a rondo for the piano forte
  44. (fol. 25v) '(?)Cumolen'. Dance tune, melody only
  45. (fol. 26)'This is not my ain house', keyboard
  46. (fol. 26) 'Scotch air', keyboard, D major
  47. (fols. 26v-29) 'Sonata', keyboard, A major
  48. (fols. 29v-30) 'The Duke of Yorks favorite Troop', keyboard, by William Elrington
  49. (fol. 30) 'The Berwick jockey', keyboard
  50. (fols. 30v-32) 'Sonata I, Allegro, Pleyel' [Benton 449, 1st movt.]
  51. (fol. 32v) 'Chanson ecossoise', keyboard
  52. (fol. 33) 'Royal quick step', keyboard
  53. (fol. 33) 'Gordy Carlisle'. Dance tune, melody only
  54. (fol. 33v) 'Lady Campbells delight', keyboard
  55. (fol. 33v) 'Fife Hunt', keyboard
  56. (fol. 34) 'Col. McRains reel', keyboard
  57. (fol. 34) 'Perth Hunt', keyboard
  58. (fol. 34v) 'Lord McDonalds reel', keyboard
  59. (fol. 34v) 'The soldiers dance', keyboard
  60. (fol. 34v) 'Jenny Sutton', keyboard
  61. (fol. 35) 'Miss C. Ramsay's fancy', keyboard
  62. (fol. 35) 'Money in both pockets' keyboard
  63. (fol. 35) 'Strathspey', keyboard
  64. (fol. 35v) 'Lucy Campbell's fancy', keyboard
  65. (fol. 36) 'Lady Hope's reel', keyboard
  66. (fol. 36) 'Lord Hows hornpipe', keyboard
  67. (fol. 36v) 'Egham Races', keyboard
  68. (fol. 37) 'Jenny dang the weaver', keyboard
  69. (fol. 37) 'The new German waltz', melody only
  70. (fol. 37) 'Lady Cunninghams reel', keyboard
  71. (fols. 37v-39v) 'Lullaby' with variations, keyboard
  72. (fols.40-43v) Printed catalogue (London, 1790): 'A catalogue of new music, published in the course of the present year, 1790, by Samuel, Ann, and Peter Thompson'


  • Creation: c 1795


43 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. Mus. d. 261

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16733


Volume of songs, keyboard pieces and dance tunes, compiled c 1795 for Augusta Anne Vavasour of Weston.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Custodial History

Owned by 'Augusta Anne Vavasour, Weston, May 1st 1795' (inscription, inside back cover).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given through the Friends of the Bodleian by Dr Bent Juel-Jensen, 1981.

Physical Facet

Binding: brown calf.


Volume of songs, keyboard pieces and dance tunes, compiled c 1795 for Augusta Anne Vavasour of Weston
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom