Vocal music by Giacomo Carissimi, Henry Purcell and John Blow
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.
- Creation: [1690s], 18th cent.
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. c. 437].
(Faculty of Music Library): M.S.L. 8.c.4.
MS. Mus. c. 437
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 16023
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
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.
Binding: 19th-cent. diced calf (spine renewed). ii + 206 pages.
- Vocal music by Giacomo Carissimi, Henry Purcell and John Blow
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