ONLINE CATALOGUE OF MUSIC SOURCE MATERIALS AT CHRIST CHURCH,OXFORD
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News bulletin 2: first posted 12 January 2006; most recently
updated on 17 October 2007
*** New on 17 October 2007: ***
Mus. 1220-4: THE CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL PARTBOOKS
An inventory and description is now available of Mus. 1220-4,
the principal set of partbooks used by the Choir of Christ Church
Cathedral in the post-Restoration era. Although the set is incomplete
(three of its eight original partbooks are now missing), it is
still of major importance both repertorially and historically.
Copying was begun in the mid 1640s by Zacharie Irishe, a Windsor-based
scribe who had access to new and rare music; because of this,
the Christ Church partbooks contain early and sometimes unique
copies of the pieces he chose to include. In the later 17th century
the set was expanded considerably by singing-men and organists
at Christ Church itself, and the partbooks offer a panorama of
different copyists' hands, including those of Edward Lowe, Henry
Aldrich and Richard Goodson Sr. They also show how the Cathedral
repertory expanded to include music by John Blow, Henry Purcell,
and compositions and arrangements by the Dean of Christ Church
himself, Henry Aldrich. Embedded within this description of Mus. 1220-4 are links to many related pages within the Online Catalogue.
SURVIVING MUSIC-BOOKS FROM CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
A list is now available of surviving manuscript and printed music-books used at Christ Church Cathedral between the Restoration and the early 19th century.
*** New on 13 December 2006: ***
SOURCES OF PLAINCHANT AT CHRIST CHURCH
Christ Church Library holds a wide range of notated liturgical
books of the Sarum and Roman rites that usefully complements
its better-known collections of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century
church polyphony. Follow this link for further details of these items.
THE GOODSON BEQUEST
Work continues on the task of identifying items bequeathed to
Christ Church by Richard Goodson Jr (1688-1741). Follow this link for further details of the Goodson bequest.
MUSIC COPIED BY HENRY ALDRICH
A list is now available of Henry Aldrich's autograph music manuscripts at Christ Church. The page also gives a list of
sources at Christ Church that are not in Aldrich's handwriting,
but which either contain compositions and adaptations by him,
or works that are spuriously attributed to him.
MUSIC COPIED BY EDWARD LOWE
Edward Lowe (c. 1610-82), organist of Christ Church Cathedral
in the 1630s and again after the Restoration, is one of the most
conspicuous copyists of music manuscripts in the Christ Church
collection. A list is now available of Edward Lowe's autograph music manuscripts at Christ Church.
OTHER COPYISTS AND OWNERS
Work has begun on the task of identifying groups of items at
Christ Church that were either copied or previously owned by
individuals other than Henry Aldrich, Richard Goodson Sr or Richard
Goodson Jr. Information about the following is now available
on the Online Catalogue:
See also News bulletin 1, which was first posted on June
28 2004 (with updates on 3 February and 15 March 2005).
- John Blow (1648?-1708). Five holograph or autograph music
manuscripts by this major English composer have been identified
at Christ Church. A list of them is given at the end of the entry
for Mus. 14.
- John Church (1647-1741). This singer-composer is principally
remembered today as one of the principal (and most elegant) music
scribes of his age. Four music manuscripts at Christ Church were
copied wholly or partly by him; they are listed at the end of
the entry for Mus. 50.
- Sampson Estwick (1656/7-1739). A clergyman closely associated
with Aldrich and Christ Church, who both composed music and wrote
about music. A list of items associated with him is given at
the end of the entry for Mus. 1142b (f. 51).
- Christopher Gibbons (c1615-76). Composer, organist, and
son of Orlando Gibbons. For a list of items associated with him,
see the end of the entry for Mus 92.
- Henry Hall (i) (c.1656-1707). Several pieces by this composer-poet
survive uniquely in holograph manuscripts at Christ Church. See
the list at the end of the entry for Mus. 1212(B).
- William Husbands (c1665-1701). A Christ Church Cathedral
musician, who also composed and undertook music copying. A list
of items linked with him is given at the end of the entry for
- Francis Pigott (c.1666-1704). A group of manuscripts has
been tentatively linked to Francis Pigott, organist of St John's
College, Oxford in the mid 1680s, and organist of Magdalen College,
Oxford in 1686-8; see the list at the end of the entry for Mus. 865(A).
- James Talbot (1664-1708). A Cambridge don and clergyman,
who is best known today for his copious collection of notes on
the history of instruments (Mus. 1187). Various music manuscripts
either copied by Talbot or linked with him have now been identified
at Christ Church; they are listed at the end of the entry for
- *** New on 30 January 2007:*** Matthew Locke (c.1622-77).
Composer and organist. A list of items copied by him is given
at the end of the entry for Mus. 772-6.
- *** New on 1 March 2007:*** Francis Withy (c. 1645-1727).
Singer, viol player and copyist, employed as a singing-man at
Christ Church Cathedral from 1670 to his death. A list of items
copied by him is given at the end of the entry for Mus. 337.