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Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari: collection of madrigals for 2-3 voices and continuo


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A collection of madrigals in Italian in two volumes labelled on the upper boards: 'Clari's madrigals vol. III (-IV)'. In the hand of a mid-18th-cent. English copyist. The volumes belonged to Charles Avison, and (together with the missing first two volumes) were evidently the source for his English adaptations of selected works as 'canticles' to words from the Psalms (of which two volumes of Avison's autographs are in Newcastle Public Library, and a third in the Bodleian, MS. Mus. d. 267). An early pencil index on p. 131 of the first volume also indentifies some of the English versions.


  • mid-18th cent.


0.30 linear metres (2 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. d. 277, fols. 1-2].
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MSS. Mus. d. 277-278

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16069


Two volumes of madrigals for 2-3 voices and continuo by Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, 18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari (1677-1754) was a composer and instrumentalist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Custodial History

Previous owners (inscriptions or bookplates on upper pastedown): 'Chas. Avison, Newcastle upon Tyne', 'Edw[ar]d Avison, Newcastle', John Parker, G.L. Benson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty of Music Library, 1995.

Physical Facet

18th-cent. half calf with marbled paper boards.


Two volumes of madrigals by Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom