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Collection of Italian sacred music of the late-17th or early-18th cent.

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MS. Mus. c. 594

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Italian sacred music of the late-17th or early-18th cent. All the works are anonymous, except item (e), which is by Alessandro Melani.

Full scores, written on various papers and in three 18th-cent. hands; items (c) and (d) are in the early hand (c 1730?) of William Boyce (1711-1779), for whom the volume was bound (the lot no. 217 from the Boyce sale is just visible on the front cover); the other hands are distributed as follows: items (a)-(b), Hand A; item (e), Hand B. An index by Joseph Gwilt on fol. i wrongly attributes items (a)-(b) also to Boyce's hand.

a (fols. 1-8v) [Anon.]: Domine ad adiuvandum. For SATB, 2 trumpets, strings and continuo. In D major;

b (fols. 9-42v) [Anon.]: Confitebor tibi Domine. For SATB soli, SATB chorus, strings and continuo. In G minor;

c (fols. 43-56v) [Anon.]: Excerpts from a mass mostly in G minor: Kyrie and Gloria (finishing at 'Agnus Dei filus patris'), for SSAATTB and continuo; Agnus Dei (1st section only), for SSAATTBB and continuo, in F major; Crucifixus and Et resurrexit, for SATB and continuo; Benedictus, for SATB and continuo;

d (fols. 57-60v) [Anon.]: Kyrie. For SATB, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo. In C major;

e (fols. 64-92v) Alessandro Melani: Silete venti. Motet for SSAATTBB, 2 trumpets, strings and continuo.


  • Creation: 18th cent.


97 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. c. 594, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. c. 594

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15946


Collection of Italian sacred music of the late-17th or early-18th century in full score, 18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Alessandro Melani (1639-1703) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Custodial History

William Boyce (1711-1779) (collection sold 1779, lot 217). Philip Hayes (1738-1797); Samuel Arnold (1740-1802) (signature on upper pastedown, 'from Dr. Hayes's coll. '(sold 1797/8, item 232)). William Russell (1777-1813) (signature on fol. i, 'Purchas'd at the late Dr. Arnold's sale, May 24, 1803' for £1.7.0). Joseph Gwilt (1784-1863) (signature on fol. i, 'Purchased at Russell's sale for [£]2.12.6, April 19, 1814'; Gwilt's collection sold, 1828 and 1854). Bookplate of James Bellamy (1819-1909), St. John's College, Oxford. Former shelfmark (Faculty of Music Library): M.S.L. 14. c. 1.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty of Music Library, 1995.

Physical Facet

i + 96 leaves; 12-16 staves to a page. Watermarks: fols. 1-63, fleur-de-lis in crowned shield, with WR below; fols. 64-95, fleur-de-lis in crowned shield with I VILLEDARY below. Binding: half calf with marbled paper covered boards.


Folio (370 × 260 mm)

Collection of Italian sacred music of the late-17th or early-18th century
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom