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Maurice Greene: 'Love's revenge. A dramatick pastoral of two interludes, set to musick by Dr. Greene, 1736 [sic]'

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MS. Mus. d. 281

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'Love's revenge', opera in two acts for solo voices (SSSB or SSAB), strings, and continuo. Libretto by John Hoadly. Also known as Florimel. Full score, copied from Royal College of Music MS. 226, evidently in 1743. Before and following the score is the libretto in the hand of Hoadly, and p. i has an autograph presentation note by him 'To James Harris Esq: This pastoral (compos'd by Dr Maurice Greene, Master of his Majesty's Musick,) is presented, as an imperfect testimony of his great esteem, by his sincere and affectionate friend the author'. An autograph poem by Hoadly in the University Library, Otago, New Zealand, is addressed 'To James Harris Esqe with the following Pastoral and the music in score, 1743', and evidently refers to this manuscript. The 1736 date of composition given in the title (p. iii) would seem to be erroneous, unless referring to a revision, for the work was first performed in 1734.


  • Creation: 1743


188 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Mus. d. 281

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16039


'Love's revenge. A dramatick pastoral of two interludes, set to musick by Dr. Greene, 1736 [sic]', copied in 1743.

Biographical / Historical

Maurice Greene (1696-1755) composer and organist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Custodial History

Previously owned by James Harris (1709-80) with his library no. '81' on the lower edge of the leaves; 'Bladwen Bull ... Leven' pencil inscription (?19th cent.) on p. 174; 'J. P. Codwer(?)' pencil inscription on p. ii.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Paul Fisher, Abercarn, Gwent, 2008. (Catalogued with the assistance of Dr. H. D. Johnstone).

Physical Facet

Watermark: fleur-de-lis and coat-of-arms over initials LVG/IV (Burrows and Ronish, C90). Binding: full panelled calf with gold tooling; 'Pastoral by Mr. Hoadly' in upper board centre panel; 'set to musick by Dr. Greene' in lower board panel.


Oblong folio (240 × 300 mm)

'Love's revenge. A dramatick pastoral of two interludes', by Maurice Greene
EAD version 2019
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