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Instrumental pieces and songs copied mostly by one various hand

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 95

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Instrumental pieces and songs, collected and copied by one various hand, probably early in the 18th century, with a few pieces added at the end by other hands. For one treble only, unless otherwise noted. Related parts are not always copied on one opening and not all pieces are complete. Some pieces for which no title or composer is named have been omitted from the following list. The songs were listed by the copyist on pp. 259-260.

  1. (pp. 2-6) Farinel's Ground. Treble air with 16 variations. Bass on p. 6.
  2. (pp. 6-11) Treble airs.
  3. (pp. 12-20) 'Mr. Baptist' [Lully]. Treble airs.
  4. (pp. 21-27) Treble airs. The following names appear: Dyer (p. 21); 'the Duke of Guise' and 'Bore Angleterre' (p. 22); 'Jenkins Bell' [not the Bell Pavane] (p. 24); 'Brawles' (p. 26); 'Health to Betty' (p. 27).
  5. (pp. 28-29) [Valentine Reading?]: 'Mr. Reding his Ground', with tuning. Treble and bass.
  6. (pp. 30-31) 'Mr. Bannister's Ground in F [minor]'. Treble and bass.
  7. (pp. 32) 'Indian Queene', two pieces, of which the second is quoted as 'probably not by Purcell', [cf. Zimmerman, p. 333].
  8. (pp. 36-39) Dance movements: 'balletto prima' and secunda; 'corante prima', 'gigha prima' and secunda, 'sarabanda prima' and (incomplete) secunda, 'vivace'.
  9. (pp. 42-54) 'Mr. Baptist's [Lully's] first Treable', 35 pieces.
  10. (pp. 55-75) Songs, of which the words and composers are indexed in A first-line index of Manuscript Poetry in the Bodleian. The composers are Akeroyde, John Barrett, Blow, Richard Brown, Jer. Clarke, Croft, Eccles, Philip Hart, Richard Loe, Paisible, D. and H. Purcell, John Wilford, Willis, Antony Young.
  11. (pp. 76-93) Pieces for treble and bass [by Nicola Matteis]. The two parts are in each case on one leaf. The bass parts are sometimes figured. Included are: Preludio, Musica Grave, Sarabanda, Aria burlesca, Aria grave, Ostinatione, and Giga, all in G; Preludio in ostinatione, Corranto de occatio, Fuga, Sarabanda, Giga, and Alemanda, all in G minor. (Copied from Other ayrs, preludes, allmands, sarabands ... by Nicola Matteis. The second part (London, [1676]), pp. 1-35).
  12. (pp. 94-146) Songs and dialogues, indexed as 10. The composers include, with some of those in 10, Finger, James Harte, Leveridge, Charles Powell, William Richardson.
  13. (pp. 150-152) 'Mr. Farmer's first Trebles, 1685' [sic for 1686 (?)], 1-6.
  14. (pp. 160-163) 'Mr. Samuell Akeroyd's tunes 1 treable', 1-9.
  15. (pp. 166-167) 'Mr. Woods Ground in D sol re' without bass.
  16. (pp. 168-173) 'Mr. Farmer's First' and 'second treble', 1-9, in two series.
  17. (174-258) Songs, not all complete, indexed as 10. Most are by Purcell; other names also mentioned are: Courteville, Leveredge, Mathew Novell and Tollet.


  • Creation: [early 18th cent.?]


262 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. c. 95, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 95

Former shelfmark:

Music School A. 5. 83

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17334


Instrumental pieces and songs, collected and copied mostly by one various hand, [early 18th cent.?].

Biographical / Historical

Biographies of the many composers represented here can be found in Grove Music Online.

Other Finding Aids

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

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. 26896.

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. This item was once owned and then bequeathed by Richard Rawlinson; with his bookplate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.

Physical Facet

Written in a book (quired generally in 8s), subsequently cut by binder. Watermark, Fool's cap. Ruling, 10 5-lined staves, red marginal ruling. Binding early 18th-cent. calf.


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Instrumental pieces and songs copied by one various hand
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom