Manuscript. Organ accompaniments for consort works by Alfonso
Ferrabosco (ii), Lupo, Coprario and others, copied by John Hilton
(ii): English, second quarter of 17th century. The volume was
apparently copied for John Browne (1608-91) to complement sets
of string parts in Browne's possession:
In the inventory below, items 1-23 are copied at what is now
designated as the front of the volume, items 24-36 at the rear
with the volume inverted.
- Items 1-3 and 26-36: according to marginal notes in Mus. 1004,
the string parts are in 'the ruffe books' = Mus. 423-8.
- Items 4-9 and 24-5: according to marginal notes in Mus. 1004,
the string parts are in 'the white books' = Cambridge, King's
College, Rowe MSS 114-7. (For a description and inventory of
the latter, see The Viola da Gamba Society Index of Manuscripts
Containing Consort Music, compiled by Andrew Ashbee, Robert
Thompson and Jonathan Wainwright, vol. 2 (Aldershot etc., 2008),
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
The first column gives the modern numbering of the pieces; the second shows numbering used by the copyist(s).
Oblong format, 290 x 230 mm. 92 folios, paginated in ink by York Powell at the time of rebinding (c. 1901). In preparation for
rebinding, the gatherings were numbered in pencil (and therefore
hint at the collation) as follows:
Unused ruled staves on pp. 1, 27-90, 137-9, 160-5 and 184. No
trace remains of any early binding or wrappers. Modern binding
of brown leather over boards, supplied in c. 1901. Index of contents
on front flyleaf by York Powell, who has also annotated some
of the music pages. No early bookplate. 19th-century shelfmark
(as recorded by York Powell on the inside upper cover): G.15.
- pp. 1-16 = A8.
- pp. 17-30 = B8, with one leaf excised.
- pp. 31-46 = C8.
- pp. 47-62 = D8.
- pp. 63-80 = E10, with one leaf excised.
- pp. 81-92 = F6.
- pp. 93-110 = G10, with one leaf excised.
- pp. 111-124 = H8, with one leaf excised.
- pp. 125-38 = I8, with one leaf excised.
- pp. 139-54 = J8.
- pp. 155-66 = K6.
- pp. 167-78 = L6.
- pp. 179-84 = M4, with one leaf excised.
Provenance: John Browne. Then from the Aldrich bequest; listed
in Archives 1717, position H30, as 'Faravosco's fancies', and
in Dowding (main hand) as 'Ferabosco's Fancies'. No trace of
this shelfmark survives in Mus. 1004 itself.
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 35.
For other manuscripts at Christ Church copied by John Hilton
(ii), see the entry for Mus. 744-6.
- Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger: Consort Music of Five and
Six Parts, ed. Christopher Field and David Pinto, Musica
Britannica, 81 (2003), p. 207.
- The Viola da Gamba Society Index of Manuscripts Containing
Consort Music, compiled by Andrew Ashbee, Robert Thompson
and Jonathan Wainwright, vol. 2 (Aldershot etc., 2008), 1-3 and