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Pocket part-books of music composed by Valentine Oldis

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MS. Mus. Sch. g. 612a-d (Former reference: Music School B. 3. 12)

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Four pocket part-books in a leather case, given to Edward Lowe by the composer of the original contents, Valentine Oldis, '24 March 1659 at the Legg in Kings-street Westminster' (ii, fol. 25v rev.).

The instrumental parts are: i, First treble; ii, Second treble; iii, Base viole; iv, Through Base.

1-12. Airs in three parts by Oldis, 8 in F major [VdGS 11-18], 4 in B flat major [VdGS 21-24], wrongly numbered by the copyist. i-iv, fols. 2v-8v.

13. Saraband in B flat major [VdGS 25], copied by a different hand, i-iv, fol. 9.

14-16. Four 3-part airs [by Oldis] in D minor [VdGS 31-34], copied by the same hand as 1-12. i, iii, iv, fols. 11v-13v; ii, fols. 10v-12v.

17. Suite in D major (Pauin, Ayre, Rant, Corant, Sarabrand, Country Dance, Hornpipe) [VdGS 41-47], copied by a third hand. i, iii, iv, fols. 14v-18; iii, fols. 13v-17.

18. [Oldis]. '6 new ayres a la mode, made in the yeare 1674' [VdGS 51-56]. 4 parts in E. Lowe's hand (copied from MS. Mus. Sch. c. 44, 12). i, iii, iv, fols. 18v-20.

Volumes reversed:

19. 6 Airs in F major for four parts (3 trebles and bass) by Oldis [VdGS 61-66], copied by the first hand. i, iii, fols. 25-22v rev.; ii, fols. 24-21v rev.; iv, fols. 23-20v rev.

20. Bass of 8 airs in B flat major [VdGS 71-78], copied by a fifth hand. iii, fols. 22-20v rev.

Included as no. 21 on the 1682 list of the Music School Collection.


  • Creation: 1659, 1674, n.d.


1 box (4 volumes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. g. 612a, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. g. 612a-d (Former reference: Music School B. 3. 12)

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17434


44 short pieces for viols in three or four parts by Valentine Oldis, 1659, 1674, n.d.

Biographical / Historical

Valentine Oldis (1620-1684) was an apothecary, poet and amateur composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

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

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, nos. 26609-26612.

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 E. Lowe by the composer of the original contents, Valentine Oldis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.

Physical Facet

26, 25, 25 and 23 leaves, formerly each 6 quires of 4 within end-papers. Watermark, Fleur-de-Lys, somewhat resembling Heawood 1785. Ruling, 4 5-lined staves, black marginal ruling. Bound in vellum with blind fillets. Lowe wrote the names of the parts.


Oblong octavo, formed by the division of folio bifolia on 3 horizontal lines

Pocket part-books of music composed by Valentine Oldis
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