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Viol consort music by William Lawes, Christopher Simpson and others

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MS. Mus. Sch. f. 568-569 (Former reference: Music School A. 3. 22-23)

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The second treble (i) and tenor (ii) parts only from a set of five, containing suites of airs and fantazias for four parts with basso continuo. Each is made up of two distinct books, bound together with added paper, as follows: the first contains suites of airs by W. Lawes and C. Simpson, copied before binding. The second contains copies by a different hand of suites of airs by 'Mr. Benjamin Rogers of Windsor', i.e. probably copied before 22 July 1664 when Rogers was appointed to Magdalen College, Oxford; in this book another hand has added Brewer's fantazias. The two volumes were then bound together for the owner of the first, with spare quires following each. The first writer added to his own part suites of airs by Jenkins, ending on the new paper, and indexed his own copies in the new fly-leaves at the front of each volume. A new owner working after 8 July 1669 (when Rogers proceeded DMus degree), added to the index the items found in the second book, copied four movements by Dr. Rogers in the back of the second treble part, and copied what he called 'Coperario 4 part phancyes' (really by A. Ferrabosco II and John Ward) on the new paper following both original books. The foliation is the same in both parts.

Not on the 1682 list of the Music School Collection.

1-19: Suites of airs copied in the first collection before binding (see above).

1-14: W. Lawes: for two trebles, tenor, bass, and basso continuo. Airs separately numbered, 1-93 (lacking 38). Nos. 1-3 (1-30), 11-14 (70-93) are in MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 431-436. Nos. 10-93, with the exception of 39-61, are the Royall Consort, old version:

1. 1-5 in G minor. Fols. 3-5.

2. 6-9 in G major. Fols. 5v-7.

3. 10-18 in D minor. Fols. 7v-11v.

4. 19-37 (36 lacking) in D major. Fols. 11v-20v.

5. 39-45 in G minor. Fols. 21-24.

6. 46-50 in G major. Fols. 24v-26v.

7. 51-54 in C minor. Fols. 27-28v.

8. 55-58 in C major. Fols. 29-30v.

9. 59-61 in Fmajor. Fols. 31-32.

10. 62-69 in D minor. Fols. 32v-36.

11. 70-75 in B flat major. Fols. 36v-38.

12. 76-82 in F major. Fols. 38v-41v.

13. 83-88 in A minor. Fols. 42-44v.

14. 89-93 in C major. Fols. 45-46v.

15-19: C. Simpson: for two trebles, two basses and basso continuo [VdGS SIMPSON-7, nos. 1-20]. Second bass part in ii. i is marked 'ex[amined]' and corrections to ii on fols. 54v and 56 are in the hand of the last owner. The last two airs are missing from ii:

15. C major. Fols. 47v-48v.

16. B flat major. Fols. 49-50v.

17. D major. i, fols. 51-53v; ii, fols. 51-54.

18. D minor. i, fols. 54-55; ii, fols. 54v-55v.

19. G minor. i, fols. ii, incomplete, fols. 55v-56.

20-21: J. Jenkins: Suites of airs for two trebles and two basses with continuo, copied by the same hand as 1-19 after binding. 2nd bass part in ii:

20. F major [VdGS JENKINS-20, nos. 11, 12, 10, 9]. Published in different order, Musica Britannica XXVI, pp. 18-24. Fols. 58v-62.

21. C major [VdGS JENKINS-20, no. 13, 14]. Published, Musica Britannica XXVI, pp. 26-30. i, lacking second air, fols. 62v-63; ii, fols. 62v-64.

22-37: 'Coperario's 4 part phancyes continued', i.e. numbers 15-30 of a series of fantasias actually by Alfonso Ferrabosco II and John Ward, copied by the last owner:

22-31. Ferrabosco's fantasias [VdGS A.F.II-4, nos. 23, 14-22] numbered by copyist 15-24. 26 (VdGS A.F.II-4, no. 17 = copyist's 19) is published in Musica Britannica IX, pp. 27-29v. i, fols. 63v-73; ii, fols. 64v-74.

32-37. John Ward. Fantasias [VdGS WARD-4/5, nos. 21-26], numbered by copyist 25-30. 32 and 37 are published in Musica Britannica IX, pp. 40-42 and 37-38. 36-37 are crossed out in i, and lacking from ii. i, fols. 73v-79; ii, fols. 74v-78.

38-43: 'Ben Rogers of Windsor'. 4-part airs for two trebles, tenor and bass with basso continuo [VdGS ROGERS-5/6, nos. 91-98], copied in the second collection before binding (see above):

38. E minor. Fols. 79v-83.

39. B flat major. Fols. 84-86.

40. F major. Fols. 87v-89.

41. D major. Fols. 90-94.

42. G major. Fols. 96v-98.

43. A minor. Fols. 100v-103.

44-45. Two movements in D major. Bass parts copied in ii only by the same hand as 1-21, the first ascribed to Richard Cooke. Fols. 103v-104.

46-51. Thomas Brewer: Fantasias for two trebles, tenor and bass with basso continuo, copied in the second collection by a second hand:

46. F major [VdGS BREWER-2, no. 5]. Fols. 104v-105.

47. F major [VdGS BREWER-2, no. 6]. Fols. 105v-106.

48. G minor [VdGS BREWER-2, no. 1]. Fols. 106v-107.

49. G minor [VdGS BREWER-2, no. 2]. Fols. 107v-108.

50. C minor [VdGS BREWER-2, no. 3]. Fols. 108v-109.

51. C minor [VdGS BREWER-2, no. 4]. Fols. 109v-110.

52-65: 'Coperario's phancyes 4 parts', i.e. numbers 1-14 of the last owner's copies of fantasias by Alfonso Ferrabosco II:

52. Really by John Bull [VdGS]. Published in full in Meyer/Poulton (1982), pp. 299-301 [in the 1st ed. (pp. 262-264) it was ascribed to Coperario]. For a discussion of the authorship, see G.J. Dodd, 'Coperario or Bull?', Chelys 1 (1969), p. 41. Fols. 110v-111.

53-65. [Ferrabosco, VdGS A.F.II-2, nos. 1-13]. 63-64 (VdGS A.F.II-2, nos. 11-12 = copyist's 12-13) published in Musica Britannica IX, pp. 32-34 and 30-32. Fols. 111v-124.

66. In i only, volume reversed, 'Second Treble' of 4 airs in A minor by 'Dr. Rogers' [VdGS ROGERS-7/8, nos. 171-174] copied by the last owner. i, fols. 125v-124 rev.


  • Creation: 2nd half of 17th cent.


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Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. f. 568, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. f. 568-569 (Former reference: Music School A. 3. 22-23)

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17435


Two instrumental parts from a set of five, containing suites of airs and fantazias, 2nd half of 17th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details of the composers represented here can be found in Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

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

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. 26590-26591

Viola da Gamba Society Thematic Index of Music for Viols [online] (VdGS)

RISM 800272472

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.


  • Bruce Bellingham, 'The musical circle of Anthony Wood in Oxford during the Commonwealth and Restoration', Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, vol. 19 (Dec 1982), pp. 69-70.
  • E.H. Meyer, Die mehrstimmige Spielmusik des 17. Jahrhunderts in Nord- und MittelEuropa (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1934)
  • E.H. Meyer, with D. Poulton, Early English chamber music from the Middle Ages to Purcell, 2nd rev. ed. (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1982).

Physical Facet

Two instrumental parts, 127 and 128 leaves, respectively. Fols. 3-62 in each part were formerly stitched together and consisted probably of 15 quires of 4, with watermark, Cardinal's Hat, initials G. R., not in Heawood. Fols. 79-110 were a separate book, probably 8 quires of 4, with watermark Pot, initialled PBR, not in Heawood. The books were finally bound with 4 quires of 4, with watermark Pot initialled PRO, not in Heawood, placed after each of the original sections. Ruled with 5 staves, margins at both edges. Binding brown calf with blind fillets and corner decoration as MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 431-436. Paper labels, formerly on both covers of each, read 'Treble 2 ds' and 'Tenor'.

Viol consort music by William Lawes, Christopher Simpson and others
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