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William Child's 'Songs for 3, 4 and 5 voices', and a Dialogue

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MSS. Mus. Sch. c. 32-37

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Six part-books, copied before 1682: i, Bass; ii, Treble; iii, Counter Tenor; iv, Tenor; v, Treble, Counter Tenor or Tenor; vi, Bassus Continuus. Formally copied by several hands. Instrumental parts for no. 7 in the hand of E. Lowe are now secured in iv.

1-5: Hymns with English words set for counter-tenor, tenor and bass.

7-9: Motets for treble, tenor and bass.

11-16: 4-part motets.

18-20: 5-part motets.

  1. Come Hymen. i, iv, fols. 2-3; iii, fols. 2-3v; vi, fol. 5.
  2. 'Hymn', Therefore with Angels, etc. i, fols. 3v-4; iii, fols. 4-5; iv, fols. 3v-4v; vi, fol. 5v.
  3. Hymn for Christmas Day. i, fols. 4v-5v; iii, fols. 5v-6v; iv, fol. 5; vi, fol. 6.
  4. Hymn for Pentecost. i, fols. 6-8; iii, fols. 7-9; iv, fols. 6-7v; vi, fols. 6v-7.
  5. Hymn for Trinity Sunday. i, fols. 8-9v; iii, fols. 9v-11v; iv, fols. 8-9v; vi, fol. 7v.
  6. Psalms for three voices in the Italian manner, 2 trebles and bass. Published in 1639. i (Bass, Ps. 1-5); iv (Treble, Ps. 1-3), fols. 10-12; iii (Treble, Ps. 1-6), fols. 12-16.
  7. Cantate Jehovae. i, iv, fols. 23v-24; iii (Treble), fols. 25v-26; vi, fols. 12v-13. Lowe's instrumental parts, iv, fols. 44-47.
  8. Servus tuus. i, iv, fols. 24v-25; iii (Treble), fols. 26v-27; vi, fol. 12.
  9. Gloria tibi. i, iv, fol. 25v; iii (Treble), fol. 27v; vi, fol. 12v.
  10. Gloria patri, for counter-tenor, tenor, bass. i, iv, fol. 26; iii, fol. 28; vi, fol. 22.
  11. Laudate Deum nostrum, for counter-tenor, 2 tenors, bass. i, iv, fols. 27-28v; iii, fols. 29-30v; v, fols. 2-3; vi, fols. 22v-23.
  12. O si vel tu nosses, for treble, counter-tenor, tenor, bass. i, iv, fols. 29-30; iii, fols. 31-32; v, fols. 4-5; vi, fol. 23v.
  13. O bone Jesu, for treble, counter-tenor, tenor, bass. i, iv, fols. 30v-31; iii, fols. 32v-33; v, fols. 5v-6; vi, fol. 24.
  14. Quam pulchra, for counter-tenor, 2 tenors, bass. i, iv, fols. 31v-33; iii, fols. 33v-35; v, fols. 6v-8; vi, fol. 24v.
  15. Ecce panis, for counter-tenor, 2 tenors, bass. i, fols. 33v-34v; iii, fols. 35v-37; iv, fols. 33v-35; v, fols. 8v-10; vi, fol. 25.
  16. Quem vidistis, for treble, counter-tenor, tenor, bass. i, fols. 35v-36; iii, fols. 37v-38v; iv, fols. 35-36v; v, fols. 10-11v; vi, fols. 25v-26.
  17. Woe is me, for 2 counter-tenors, tenor, bass. i, fol. 36v; iii, fol. 39; iv, fol. 37; v, fols. 11v-12; vi, fol. 26.
  18. Plange Sion, for treble, counter-tenor, 2 tenors, bass. i, fols. 39-40; ii, fols. 2-3v; iii, fols. 42-43v; iv, fols. 39-40v; v, fols. 14-15v; vi, fol. 27.
  19. Converte nos, for treble, counter-tenor, 2 tenors, bass. i, fols. 40v-42v; ii, fols. 4-5v; iii, fols. 44-45v; iv, fols. 40v-42; v, fols. 15v-17v; vi, fols. 27v-28.
  20. Venite gentes, for 2 trebles, counter-tenor, tenor, bass. i, fols. 42v-43v; ii, fols. 6-7; iii, fols. 46-47; iv, fols. 42v-43v; v, fols. 17v-18v; vi, fol. 28.
  21. Dialogue, 'Why so cruel Daphne'. ii rev. fols. 13v-18v; vi rev. fol. 30.


  • Creation: [mid-17th cent.]


6 Volumes

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. c. 32, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Mus. Sch. c. 32-37

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CMD ID 17533


William Child's 'Songs for 3, 4 and 5 voices', and a Dialogue, [mid-17th cent.].

Biographical / Historical

William Child (1606/7-1697) was a composer and organist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

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

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. 26390-26395.

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 manuscript was given to the Music School by Edward Lowe and was included in the inventory of 1682.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.

Physical Facet

Six part-books: 45, 14, 49, 49, 20 and 34 leaves, respectively, irregularly quired. Leaves were left blank between sections. Bound in black leather with blind tooling.


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William Child's 'Songs for 3, 4 and 5 voices', and a Dialogue
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