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'The Months', 12 fantasias by Christopher Simpson

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 58

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12 fantasias for treble viol and two bass viols with organ, each representing a month in a year. Full score copied by Mathhew Hutton, Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, dated at end Oct 1669. Not on the 1682 list.


  • Creation: Oct 1669


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. c. 58, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 58

Former shelfmark:

Music School B. 6. 35

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17293


'The Months', 12 fantasias for treble viol, two bass viols and organ, by Christopher Simpson, Oct 1669.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Simpson (c 1602/1606-1669) was a theorist, composer and viol player. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

Robert Hake, [Catalogue of the Music School Collection], c 1850-1855. No. XXXII, vol. 5.

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 26422.

RISM 800273170

Viola da Gamba Society Thematic Index of Music for Viols [online]

Custodial History

This item is part of the Music School collection of printed and manuscript music, which was originally bequeathed to the University of Oxford by William Heather (c 1563-1627), and gradually added to until the end of the 18th century. The present item was owned by E. Lowe and given to the Music School by him. It was [in E. Lowe's hand] 'The Gift of his Honoured Freind Mr. Mathew Hutton. Fellowe of Brasen Nose Colledge in Oxford. 27 January 1673/4'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.

Physical Facet

40 leaves, irregularly quired. Watermark Fleur de Lys, countermark IHS and (fols. 12-18) Fleur de Lys, countermark initials AI. Uniformly pricked and ruled, 12 staves to a page, marginal ruling at both edges. Blue paper cover.


Upright folio

'The Months', 12 fantasias by Christopher Simpson
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom