'Violino Secundo' of sonatas for two violins, bass and basso continuo by Corelli, Bassani and Finger
A collection of sonatas, probably copied by James Sherard as a young man:
1-12 (fols. 2v-15) 'Arkangello Correlli' [Corelli. Sonatas, op. 3]. '12 Sonate's by Archangello Correlli. Opera Secunda' [sic for Tertia].
13-26 (fols. 15v-28) 'Archangello Correlli' [Corelli. Sonatas, op. 1]. '14 Sonate's by Archangello Correlli. Opera Prima'. The published no. 1 is lacking. Really 13, as there is no no. 3. Nos. 13 and 14, in G minor and E minor, are not in the printed edition of op. 1.
27-38 (fols. 28v-40) 'Bassania' [G.B. Bassani. Sonatas, op. 5]. '12 Sonate's by Mr. Bassania'. The first four sonatas are in the order 3, 1, 4, 2.
39-48 (fols. 40v-50) 'Mr. Finger'. '10 Sonate's by Mr. Godfrey Finger', in B minor [RI 181], B minor [RI 183], E [RI 189], D [RI 184], F sharp minor [RI 195], D [RI 185], C 'for 3 violins & bass' [RI 205], E [RI 188a], B minor [RI 182a], and A [RI 203]. Nos. 1, 8 and 9 are op. 5 nos. 7-9.
- Creation: [c 1700]
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. c. 62, fols. 1-2].
MS. Mus. Sch. c. 62 (Former reference: Music School B. 6. 40)
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 17295
'Violino Secundo' of sonatas for two violins, bass and basso continuo by Corelli, Bassani and Finger, c 1700.
Biographical / Historical
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) was a composer and violinist. See Grove Music Online for further details.
Giovanni Battista Bassani (c 1650-1716) was a composer, violinist and organist. See Grove Music Online for further details.
Gottfried [Godfrey] Finger (c 1660-1730) was a viol player and composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.
James Sherard [Sharwood] (1666-1738) was an apothecary, botanist and amateur musician. See Grove Music Online for further details.
Other Finding Aids
Robert Hake, [Catalogue of the Music School Collection], c 1850-1855. No. XXXVI.
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. 26427.
The Music School collection of printed and manuscript music 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.
- Margaret Crum, 'James Sherard and the Oxford Music School Collection', conference paper (Oxford, 1986) [unpublished].
- Robert G. Rawson, From Olomouc to London: the early music of Gottfried Finger (c 1655-1730)PhD dissertation, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2002 [RI], p. 368.
- Arthur W. Marshall, 'The viola da gamba music of Godfrey Finger', Chelys 1 (1969), pp. 16-26.
51 leaves, quired in sixes and fours with one extra leaf inserted (fol. 50). Watermark, Fleur de Lys, countermark as Heawood 1814. Ruling, 12 5-lined staves, red marginal ruling. Binding, calf with blind tooling, 'Violino Secundo' in gold within a gold tooled frame.
Large upright folio
- 'Violino Secundo' of sonatas for two violins, bass and basso continuo by Corelli, Bassani and Finger
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