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Ruled music-book in the hand of Maurice Greene

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MS. Mus. Sch. e. 563***

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Ruled music-book in the hand of Maurice Greene, begun as a series of teaching pieces for one of his pupils, probably female. Fols. 7v-34v are blank, and a few leaves have been torn out or are otherwise missing. At the reverse end of the volume are a number of texts in Italian, also in Greene's hand. Not in the Robert Hake catalogue.

1. Explanation of flats, sharps, etc., and table of relative note values. Fol. 4r-v. The stubs of two torn-out leaves remain between fols. 4 and 5.

2. 'Scacciata del suo nido'. Voice part only of an aria from Handel's opera Rodelinda (1725) [HWV 19/21], transposed here from the original key of E flat major to G major. Fols. 5-6.

3. Keyboard piece in G major, incomplete, with a leaf missing after fol. 6. Fol. 6v.

4. End of the middle section of a keyboard piece cadencing in E minor (marked 'Da capo' at the end), which must have begun on the missing leaf. Fol. 7.

Volume reversed: Italian texts in Greene's hand from Handel's operas, unless otherwise noted. Without the music:

5. 'Se resolvi abandonarmi', from Floriodante (1724). Fol. 37v.

6. 'Con forza ascosa, ne vaggi sui', from the pasticcio Il Vespasiano (1724). The composer of this aria is unknown. Fol. 37.

7. 'Non e si vago e bello', from Giulio Cesare (1724). Fol. 36v.

8. 'Alla fama dimm'il vero', from Ottone (1722). Fol. 36.

9. 'Alma mia si sol tu sei', from Floriodante (1721). Fol. 36.

10. 'Scacciata del suo nido', from Rodelinda (1725). Fol. 35v.

11. 'Pupillette vessosette', from the pasticcio Ormisda (1730). This aria is by J. A. Hasse. Fol. 35v.

12. 'Non e piu tempo no', from Tamerlano (1724). Fol. 35.

13. 'Dove sei, amato bene', from Rodelinda (1725). Fol. 35.

Information for this description was provided by Dr. H.D. Johnstone, 2007.


  • Creation: mid 18th cent.


1 box

Language of Materials

  • Italian
  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. e. 563***, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. e. 563***

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17432


Ruled music book in the hand of Maurice Greene, mid-18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Maurice Greene (1696-1755) was a composer and organist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

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. 26906.

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

40 leaves (8-34 blank), 8-stave ruling. Watermark, fleur-de-lis in a shield over initials LVG; countermark, IV. Binding, full sheep with gold tooled borders.


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Ruled music-book in the hand of Maurice Greene
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom