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12 fantasias for two bass viols and organ by Giovanni [John] Coperario

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 92

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String parts of 12 Fantasias for two bass viols and organ, VdGS nos. 1-12. The same pieces are copied in MS. Mus. Sch. c. 91 in a different order. In MS. Mus. Sch. c. 92 a nearly-contemporary hand wrote the numbering of the other manuscript against each piece.

i, 1st bass viol part; ii, 2nd bass viol part; organ part not present.

G minor, VdGS 7. i, fol. 1; ii, fol. 7.

G minor, VdGS 9. i, fol. 1v; ii, fol. 7v.

D minor, VdGS 4. i, fol. 2; ii, fol. 8.

D major, VdGS 5. i, fol. 2v; ii, fol. 8v.

D minor, VdGS 3. i, fol. 3; ii, fol. 9.

D major, VdGS 6. i, fol. 3v; ii, fol. 9v.

A major, VdGS 7. i, fol. 4; ii, fol. 10.

A minor, VdGS 2. i, fol. 4v; ii, fol. 10v.

A major, VdGS 11. i, fol. 5; ii, fol. 11.

D major, VdGS 12. i, fol. 5v; ii, fol. 11v.

G minor, VdGS 8. i, fol. 6; ii, fol. 12.

G minor, VdGS 10. i, fol. 6v; ii, fol. 12v.


  • Creation: middle to late 17th cent.


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. c. 92, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 92

Former reference:

Music School A. 5. 77-78.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17332


John Coperario: String parts of 12 fantasias for two bass viols and organ, middle to late 17th cent.

Biographical / Historical

John [Giovanni] Coprario [Coperario] (c 1570/80-1626) was a composer, viol player and teacher. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

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

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

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. 26460.

RISM 800273970

Not on the 1682 list.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.

Physical Facet

vii + 19 leaves. Both string parts are copied on a quire of 6 leaves: the first, watermark Coat of arms, somewhat resembling Heawood 420, countermark IT; the second, watermark Lion, somewhat resembling Heawood 3144, countermark (similar) IV. Uniformly ruled with 12 staves to a page, red marginal ruling. Not bound.

12 fantasias for two bass viols and organ by Giovanni Coperario
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