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Franz Joseph Haydn: 'Son pietosa, son bonina', aria from pasticcio La Circe

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MS. Mus. d. 306

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'Son pietosa, aria from La Circe by Joseph Haydn, copied from the original autograph by the composer, now in the possession of Ralph Hare Griffin Esquire, 1911'. Aria from Haydn's pasticcio La Circe, ossia L’isola incantata, [Hob. XXXII:1b]. Originally for soprano and orchestra; here in reduction for soprano and piano. Ink score, probably in Griffin’s hand.


  • Creation: [?late 18th cent.]


4 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. d. 306, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. d. 306

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15999


'Son pietosa, son bonina', aria from Haydn's pasticcio La Circe with orchestral accompaniment arranged for piano, [?late 18th cent.].

Biographical / Historical

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Custodial History

Ralph Hare Griffin apparently bought the manuscript from which this was copied as an autograph at Sotheby’s in 1911, and presented it to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1917. It is, however, now considered to be a copy, perhaps by Antonio Polzelli (see Hoboken catalogue).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given, c 2000.

Physical Facet

12 staves to a page.


Folio (300 × 232 mm)

'Son pietosa' by Franz Joseph Haydn
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom