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Mus. 1012

Manuscript. Bassus Cantoris partbook from an otherwise lost set; English, after 1669 (on grounds of the attribution of pieces to 'Dr [Benjamin] Rogers', who was awarded his Oxford doctorate in that year). Copyist unidentified; the same hand was also responsible for copying the first layer of Mus. 1246.

  • Item 11 (Farrant, Te deum): there are cues on pp. 66-8 that refer to divisi verses. The relevant passages, variously for high or low voices, were then notated in score on pp. 72-3.
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
1 William Child Sharp Service in e la mi: T/J/K/C/M/N pp. 3-9
2 William Child Evening Service in a re: M/N pp. 13-15
3 Adrian Batten Short Service in d sol re: T/J/K/C/M/N pp. 19-28
4 Richard Portman Short Service; T/B/K/C/M/N pp. 36-46
5 Benjamin Rogers O pray for the peace of Jerusalem p. 47
6 Benjamin Rogers How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord pp. 48-49
7 Benjamin Rogers Whole Service for verses in Gam ut: M/N pp. 61-62a
8 Benjamin Rogers Whole Service in D sol re: T/J/S/K/C pp. 62b-62i
9 Benjamin Rogers Rejoice in the Lord p. 62j
10 Benjamin Rogers Whole Service in D sol re: M/N pp. 64-65
11 Richard Farrant High Service: T/B/K/C/M/N pp. 66-79
12 William Tucker O give thanks unto the Lord p. 80
13 William Byrd Save me, O God pp. 81-82
14 Robert Parsons Deliver me from mine enemies, O God p. 83
15 William Tucker O give thanks unto the Lord (2nd version, deleted) p. 84
16 John Mundy O give thanks unto the Lord pp. 85-86
17 Matthew Jeffreys Sing we merrily unto God our strength pp. 88-89
18 William Child If the Lord himself pp. 90-91
19 William Child O Lord, grant the king a long life [I] pp. 91-92
20 Adrian Batten Out of the deep [III] pp. 92-93
21 Edmund Hooper I will magnify thee, O Lord pp. 94-95
22 Edmund Hooper Teach me thy way, O Lord p. 96
23 Thomas Weelkes O Lord, grant the king a long life pp. 96-97
24 Adrian Batten When the Lord turned again pp. 98-99
25 Adrian Batten Haste thee, O God, to deliver me [I] pp. 99-100
26 Adrian Batten Praise the Lord, O my soul; while I live pp. 100-101
27 William Byrd Prevent us, O Lord pp. 101-102
28 Thomas Ford Let God arise pp. 102-103
29 William Child O pray for the peace of Jerusalem p. 104
30 Benjamin Rogers Behold now, praise the Lord p. 105
31 Orlando Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David pp. 105-106
32 Orlando Gibbons Lift up your heads pp. 106-107
33 Orlando Gibbons Deliver us, O Lord our God p. 108
34 Orlando Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God p. 109
35 William Child O Lord, grant the king a long life [II] pp. 109a-110
36   (untexted anthem) pp. 111-112
37 William Child Whole Service in F: T/J/K/C/Ca/D pp. 113-123
38 William Child Behold how good and joyful pp. 126-127

Oblong format, 237 x 180 mm. 64 surviving folios, paginated in ink by the copyist, with supplementary pagination in 20th-century pencil. (Some adjustments to the pagination were made in 1989; these will not be present in microfilms made before that date.) Collation: A8 (pp. 1-16), B8 (pp. 17-32; leaf B8 is excised, and pp. 31-2 are therefore represented by a stub), C8 (pp. 33-48; leaf C1 is excised, and pp. 33-4 are therefore represented by a stub), D4 (pp. 49-52, 61-2 and 63-4) enclosing E6 after p. 62 (= pp. 62a-l; these leaves are smaller in dimensions than the remainder of the volume), F8 (pp. 65-80), G8 (pp. 81-96), H8 (pp. 97-109, 109a, 110-11), I8 (112-27). There is no sign of excised leaves between pp. '52' and '61' (which face one another at the centre of a regular 8-leaf gathering), and the gap in the numbering may arise from the removal of a complete 8-leaf gathering formerly inserted at this point. Unused ruled staves on pp. 1-2, 10-12, 16-18, 29-30, (pp. 31-4: excised), 35, 50-52, 62k-l, 63, 87 and 124-5. The copyist has provided two listings of the contents, the first of services (front flyleaf, recto and verso), the second of anthems (rear flyleaf, verso and recto). Late 17th-century binding of limp vellum lined with grey card, inscribed 'Bassus Cantoris' on the outside upper cover. Inside lower sheet of grey card: inscribed 'Decani / Meane'. Bookplate 2. 19th-century shelfmark: G.22.

Provenance: this is probably the volume from the Aldrich bequest listed in Archives 1717 (at position F20) as 'Dr Childs Service &c', a description that matches the heading of the first piece (f. 3: 'Dr Childs service in Elami'). In Dowding (main hand), the entry has been expanded to read 'Batton's Service. Portman & Rogers's Service. M.S. in score'; Batten, Portman and Rogers are the composers of the ensuing three works. However, Mus. 1012 is a partbook, not 'in score' (as stated in Dowding); and the entry in Malchair 1787, though providing what seems to be a largely accurate transcription of the partial contents list on the front flyleaf of Mus. 1012, refers to it as being 'A book Containing the Trible and Bass'. Possibly Malchair's description arises from the conflicting inscription of 'Meane' on the card leaf at the end of the volume but 'Bassus' on the outer upper cover, or from the passages of Farrant's Te deum (item 11) that are notated in score (as described above; see the comment immediately preceding the inventory).

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 36.