Arthur Wood: 'Musica Practica. An Essay... for a Compendium of Practical Music in Two Parts'
Apparently never published treatise 'Musica Practica. An Essay... for a Compendium of Practical Music in Two Parts. 1. Of the Rudiments. 2. Of Composition. Also rules for the Accompanyments to A Bass. With Instructions for Tuning, & Stringing, the Harpsichord. Ar. Wood. Written in the second quarter of the 18th cent. Fair copy of a nearly completed work. The last published work to which reference is made is The Tonometer, by Ambrose Warren, 1725 (p. 101). Corrections were written on slips and pasted in: one of these (p. 49b) already bore the date 1728; another (p. 52c) contains a reference to the French edition of Rameau [Traité de l'harmonie, 1722, English translation of part of which was published as A Treatise of Musick in 1752].
On pp. 98 and 105 are notes by Samuel Ellis on strings for 'modern Piano-Fortes' dated 1794.
xiii + 155 pages. Pp. 79-83, 104-118 left blank by Arthur Wood.
- Creation: 1728-1794
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. e. 32].
MS. Mus. e. 32
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 16764
'Musica Practica'. An Essay... for a Compendium of Practical Music in Two Parts', 1728-1794.
Biographical / Historical
Arthur Wood was a music theorist.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Irregularly quired, with many leaves added and others removed. Watermark resembles Heawood 420. Late 19th-cent. binding inscribed 'Musica Practica-A. Wood. 1730', probably copied from the original cover.
- Arthur Wood: 'Musica Practica. An Essay... for a Compendium of Practical Music in Two Parts'
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