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'A Booke of Psalme Tunes...'

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MS. Mus. f. 38

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'A Booke of Psalme Tunes with directions by the Rull how to sing them. Taken [i.e. the Directions] out of the works of John Playford by Edmund Dirrick [Parish Clerk of Ubley, Somerset] 1696 price 2s'. 3-part settings for the Old Version, with melody in the tenor.

On fols. 3-5 is a letter to Benjamin Jouxon, Rector of Ubley [1692-1716]. On fols. 6-10 is an address 'to all that learne... the Rull', based on J. Playford's Introduction to the Skill of Musick. 'The second part of the Rull' is on fols. 29-30. Doxologies for different measures are on fols. 30v-31v.

Tunes, named as in Ravenscroft's Whole Booke of Psalmes, 1621, unless otherwise stated.

  1. 'Yorke'. Missing.
  2. 'Oxford'. Missing
  3. (fol. 11) 'Low Duch'. Psalm XXIII
  4. (fol. 11v) 'Winchester'. Psalm LXXXIV
  5. (fol. 12) 'Cambrig short'. Ravenscroft's 'London'. Psalm XXV
  6. (fol. 12v) 'Winsser'. Psalm XLIII
  7. (fol. 13) 'Cambrig larg'. See 5. Psalm II
  8. (fol. 13v) 'Worcester', as in Playford's Psalms & Hymns in Solemn Musick of 4 parts, 1671. Psalm XXVI
  9. (fol. 14) 'Canterbury'. Not Ravenscroft's nor Playford's 'Canterbury'. Psalm LXVII
  10. (fol. 14v) 'Westminster', as in Playford, op. cit. 1671. Psalm CXLI
  11. (fol. 15) 'Saint Mary', as in Playford, op. cit. 1671. Psalm CIII
  12. (fol. 15v) 'Marters' Psalm XXXIX
  13. (fol. 16) 'Southwell'. Ravenscroft's 'London', Playford's 'Southwell'. Psalm LXX
  14. (fol. 16v) 'Lincolne'. Not Ravenscroft's nor Playford's 'Lincoln'. Psalm LXXXI
  15. (fol. 17) '100 Psalme'. 1st p[ar]te
  16. (fol. 17v) '125 Psalme. second parte'. Ravenscroft's 'French Tune'
  17. (fol. 18) 'Italian'. Psalm CXX
  18. (fol. 18v) 'Kings'. Psalm XXXII
  19. (fol. 19) 'Duks'. Psalm XXXIII
  20. (fol. 19v) 'London'. Not Ravenscroft's nor Playford's 'London'. Psalm CXXXIV
  21. (fol. 20) 'Bristoll'. Psalm XCV
  22. (fol. 20v) 'Bath'. Psalm LXXXIX
  23. (fol. 21) 'Gloster'. Psalm CX
  24. (fols. 21v-22) 'High Duch'. Psalm CXII
  25. (fols. 22v-23) 'Veni creator'
  26. (fols. 23v-24) '125 Psalme first parte'
  27. (fols. 24v-25) '51 Psalme'
  28. (fols. 25v-36) '119 Psalme'
  29. (fols. 26v-7) '137 Psalme'
  30. (fols. 27v-8v) '113 Psalme'


  • Creation: [c 1700]


33 Leaves

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MS. Mus. f. 38

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CMD ID 16805


'A Booke of Psalme Tunes with directions by the Rull how to sing them...', [c 1700].

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Custodial History

'Richard Dirick his book and Pen' and 'Edward Sanders his hand and Pen 1724' on fol. 1v.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1970.

Physical Facet

Watermarks resemble Heawood 3142 (Lion, but initial T) and 353 (coat of arms, but initial H). i + 32 leaves; 4 gatherings of 8 (2/3 missing) with modern endpapers. Ruled as needed. Calf binding with blind fillets, formerly tied with strings.


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'A Booke of Psalme Tunes...'
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