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Vocal music by Giacomo Carissimi, Henry Purcell and John Blow

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MS. Mus. c. 437

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Vocal music by Giacomo Carissimi, Henry Purcell, John Blow. Full score in the hand of Francis Smith (1672-98), a singing-man and copyist at Christ Church (see Christ Church, Mus. 37 and 53), written in the 1690s. An 18th-cent. hand (perhaps of John Groombridge - see below) has added an incomplete reduction of the vocal parts of a William Croft anthem at the end.

a (pp. 1-60) 'Carissimi's mass', with a note at the opening, 'This symph. by Dan. Purcell'. For 3-part chorus (TTB), 2 violins and continuo, comprising Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and Credo, in that order. This is the Mass 'Sciolto havean dall'alte sponde' by Giacomo Carissimi, which exists in various 3-5-voice versions, with and without violins, and with various added 'symphonies'. This version is also found in MS. Tenbury 1268.

b (pp. 61-102) Henry Purcell: Te Deum and Jubilate in D major, Z. 232. Not copied from the 1697 edition.

c (pp. 103-151) John Blow: Te Deum and Jubilate in D major, for soloists, SATB chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 violins and continuo; composed 1695.

d (pp. 152-197) Henry Purcell: 'Queen Maries birthday song' ['Celebrate this festival'], Z. 321.

e (pp. 198-202) 'One of Doc[to]r Crofts anthems' [William Croft: 'We will rejoice in thy salvation']. Reduction of the voice parts (without words) for the first section, continued by vocal bass part only, breaking off incomplete.

Dates

  • [1690s], 18th cent.

Extent

208 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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Former reference:

(Faculty of Music Library): M.S.L. 8.c.4.
Shelfmark: MS. Mus. c. 437

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16023

Abstract

Vocal music by Giacomo Carissimi, Henry Purcell and John Blow, [1690s], 18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) was a composer, organist and teacher. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) was a composer and organist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

John Blow (1648/9-1708) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

(b) RISM 806918292 ; (c) RISM 806907221

Custodial History

Signature of 'Jon. Groombridge' on p. 62, perhaps the organist John Groombridge (c 1750-1827) - see D. Dawe: Organists of the City of London 1660-1850, p. 105.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty of Music Library, 1995.

Physical Facet

Binding: 19th-cent. diced calf (spine renewed). ii + 206 pages.

Dimensions

Folio
Title
Vocal music by Giacomo Carissimi, Henry Purcell and John Blow
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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