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Divisions and dance tunes with a copy of Christopher Simpson's The Division-Violist (London, 1659)

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[Vet.] Mus. 184 c.8

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Music manuscripts bound into a printed volume of Christopher Simpson's The Division-Violist (London: Printed by William Godbid, and sold by John Playford, 1659) containing 72 pieces - divisions and grounds for solo bass viola da gamba, dances and other pieces for solo violin, and songs for voices with string accompaniment by various composers including Roger L'Estrange, John Jenkins, Johann Christian Schickhardt and others.

Nos. 1-10 were copied by one careful hand. An 18th-century hand, possibly that of Richard Ramsbottom [Ramsbotham], who owned this volume in 1724, filled spaces before no. 13 (volume reversed). Works by John Jenkins were added in his own hand at the end of the volume (reversed).

Contents as described by Margaret Crum:

1-3. (pp. 68-80) Divisions by R.L. [Roger L’Estrange]

4. (pp. 81-86) Anonymous divisions, followed by divisions by D. W. on the same theme.

5-6. (pp. 87-91) 2 anonymous sets of divisions.

7-9. (pp. 93-108) John Jenkins, V. da G. Soc. 7, 8, 9.

10. (pp. 109-114) Anonymous divisions.

11. (pp. 116-117) R.L. s[cripsit].

Volume reversed:

12. (pp. 160-156 rev.) John Jenkins, Preludium etc., V. da G. Soc. 10, and divisions, V. da G. Soc. 3, in his own hand with some fingering.

(pp. 157-145 rev.) Minuets, marches, etc. for treble instrument.

13. (pp. 146-134 rev.) Six Sonatas for 2 Viol[in]s... by Mr. Christian Schickard being his first [x crossed out] opera. Violin parts copied consecutively.

Contents as revised by Margaret Crum in 1985:

1. (pp. 68-71) Division by R.L. [MC 1-3]

2. (pp. 72-77) Division by R.L. [MC 1-3]

3. (pp. 77-80) Division by R.L.E. [Roger L’Estrange] [MC 1-3]

4. (pp. 81-86) Division by R.L. ; 2 anonymous sets and 1 by P.W. / D.W. [MC 4]

5. (p. 86) Division [to go with 4?].

6. (p. 86) Division for violin in later hand.

7. (pp. 87-88) Divisions [MC 5-6]

8. (pp. 89-91) Divisions [MC 5-6]

9. (pp. 93-95) Divisions by John Jenkins [MC 7]

10. (p. 95) Divisions for violin - 'Ground watch'.

11-12. (pp. 96-108) Divisions by John Jenkins (2 sets) [MC 8-9]

13-14. (pp. 108-114) Divisions (3 anonymous sets) [MC 10]

15. (p. 112) Minuet

16. (p. 113) Minuet 'Sweet Nancy'

17-18. (p. 114) 2 Minuets

19. (pp. 115-116) Divisions - R.L. s[cripsit] [MC 11]

20-22. (p. 117) 3 Minuets

23. (p. 117) 'John Adcock of Padjam' - Edward Marsdin

24. (p. 118) Minuet

25. (p. 118) A Scotch Tune

26. (p. 118) The Carpenters Maggoat

27. (p. 118) [Untitled]

28-30. (p. 119) 3 Minuets

31. (p. 119) Ould Roger [de] Coverl[e]y

Volume reversed:

32. (p. 160 rev.) Preludium - John Jenkins - autograph [MC 12]

33. (p. 160 rev.) Billey come high thee[e] home

34. (pp. 159-156 rev.) [Divisions] - John Jenkins - autograph [MC 12]

35. (p. 159 rev.) No more Invade

36. (p. 155 rev.) M. Playford's Ground

37. (p. 155 rev.) Pritey Salley [Pretty Sally]

38. (p. 155 rev.) Minuit - KJ [KI?]

39. (p. 154 rev.) Sa[i]nt Martin Leane [= Lane]

40. (p. 154 rev.) Minuit

41. (p. 154 rev.) The Maidens Rosolves

42. (p. 153 rev.) A March

43. (p. 153 rev.) The Empir[e] i[n] the[e] Moone

44. (p. 153 rev.) A Rigadoone

45-47. (p. 152 rev.) 3 Minuets

48. (p. 152 rev.) Barnabey play your caire [= care] away

49. (pp. 151-149 rev.) All joy to great Caesar

50. (p. 148 rev.) The Parson w[i]th peas [= peace?]

51. (p. 148 rev.) Minuit

52. (p. 148 rev.) A Scotch Tune [imperfect]

53. (p. 147 rev.) The Watch Ground

54. (p. 147 rev.) Scotch Hornpipe [imperfect]

55-60. (pp. 146-134 rev.) Six Sonatas for Two Violins - M. Christian Schickard

61. (pp. 133-131 rev.) From Rosey Bowers - Purcell [imperfect]

62. (pp. 128-127 rev.) 'Gen[e]rous wine' - James Crawes

63. (p. 126 rev.) 'Let ambition fire thy mind' - John weldon

64. (p. 126 rev.) A favo[u]rite Minuet - Lovely charming faire

65. (pp. 125-124 rev.) A favo[u]rite Minuet - While I'm a pl[e]ading

66-67. (p. 123 rev.) [Untitled]

68. (p. 123 rev.) A Rigadoon

69. (p. 123 rev.) [Untitled]

70. (p. 122 rev.) A Minuet

71. (p. 122 rev.) [Untitled]

Dates

  • mid-17th - mid-18th cent.

Extent

48 Leaves

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. [Vet.] Mus. 184 c.8].
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Shelfmark:

[Vet.] Mus. 184 c.8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17089

Overview

Divisions and dance tunes with a copy of Christopher Simpson's The Division-Violist (London, 1659), mid-17th - mid-18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

John Jenkins (1592-1678) was an English composer and viol player. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Johann Christian Schickhardt (c 1681-1762) was a German composer and instrumentalist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Roger L’Estrange (1616–1704) was an amateur musician. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

RISM 800273251

Custodial History

The printed volume was bought by John Covel (1638-1722) of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1660. Owned by Richard Ramsbottom [Ramsbotham] in 1724.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisition details unknown.

Bibliography

  • Andrew Ashbee, 'Bodleian Library, printed book Mus. 184 c.8 re-visited', The Viol, no. 2 (Spring 2006), pp. 18-21.
  • Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, Thematic index of music for viols.

Physical Facet

Manuscripts bound at the end of a printed volume. Leaves rulled with 10 5-lined staves with black marginal ruling.

Dimensions

Upright folio
Title
Divisions and dance tunes with a copy of Christopher Simpson's 'The Division-Violist' (London, 1659)
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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