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Papers Relating to Musical Theory


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Writings and tables relating to musical theory, c. 1777-1808; one volume by William Boyce, six by Marmaduke Overend, and two by J.W. Callcott. Workings by John Farey appear throughout.


  • Creation: c. 1777-1808


0.99 Linear metres (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Don. c. 136, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Don. c. 136-144

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13249


Papers Relating to Musical Theory

Biographical / Historical

William Boyce (1710-1779) was a musician. Marmaduke Overend (d. 1790), organist and composer, was a pupil of William Boyce. John Wall Callcott (1766-1821) was a composer. John Farey (1766-1826), principally a geologist, wrote articles on many subjects, including music. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

The papers were given by Callcott in 1807-1808 to the library of the Royal Institution.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought from the Royal Institution by the Friends of the Bodleian in 1972.

Papers Relating to Musical Theory
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom