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Mus. 1177

Manuscript. Keyboard book, copied in Oxford in the 1670s and 80s. The earliest layer (items 1-10 in the inventory below) was copied by Edward Lowe probably in the early 1670s. (This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Edward Lowe.) The remaining contents were then added by Richard Goodson Sr in the 1670s and 1680s. (This is one of many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied partly or wholly by Richard Goodson Sr.) Mus. 1177 is a partner volume to Mus. 1176, which uses the same paper-stock and rastration, and was also copied by Lowe and Goodson Sr.

The contents of Mus. 1177 are arranged in two sequences, one at each end of the volume. Items 1-37 (Lowe, then Goodson) are copied at what is now designated as the front of the volume, and were assigned numbers in the early 20th century by York Powell; in the inventory below, these numbers are cited in the second column. Items 38-58 (Goodson) were copied probably in the 1680s at what is now designated as the rear with the volume inverted, and are not numbered in the manuscript itself.

For a transcription of the contents of Mus. 1177 (omitting item 43), see Late-Seventeenth-Century English Keyboard Music, ed. Candace Bailey, Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, 81 (Madison WI, 1997), a copy of which is kept at Christ Church at shelfmark ZY.4.4 (J). In the inventory below, this edition is cited as 'RRMBE 81'.

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).

1 1 Richard Portman Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 26) ff. 1v-2r
2 2 La Barre Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 27) f. 2r
3 3   Freeman's delight (RRMBE 81 no. 28) f. 2v
4 4 Edward Lowe Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 29) f. 3r
5 5   Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 30) f. 3r
6 6 Richard Gibbs Alman (RRMBE 81 no. 31) f. 3v
7 7 Richard Gibbs Corant (RRMBE 81 no. 32) f. 4r
8 8   The king's air (RRMBE 81 no. 33) f. 4v
9 9   Corant (RRMBE 81 no. 34) f. 5r
10 10 Albertus Bryne Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 35) f. 6r
11 11   A Scots air (RRMBE 81 no. 36) f. 6v
12 12   A hornpipe (RRMBE 81 no. 37) f. 7r
13 13   Air (RRMBE 81 no. 38) f. 7v
14 14   Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 39) f. 7v
15 15   Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 40) f. 7v
16 16   Air (RRMBE 81 no. 41) f. 7v
17 17   Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 42) f. 8r
18 17 bis   Jig (RRMBE 81 no. 43) f. 8v
19 18   Alman (RRMBE 81 no. 44) f. 8v
20 19   Jig (RRMBE 81 no. 45) f. 9r
21 20   Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 46) f. 9r
22 21   Saraband (RRMBE 81 no. 47) f. 9v
23     (juvenile jottings, copied from no. 22 above) f. 9v
24 22   Corant (RRMBE 81 no. 48) f. 10r
25 23 John Roberts Alman (RRMBE 81 no. 49) f. 10v
26 24 John Roberts? Corant (RRMBE 81 no. 50) f. 11r
27 25 John Roberts Jig (RRMBE 81 no. 51) f. 11v
28 26 Christopher Preston Alman (RRMBE 81 no. 52) f. 12r
29 27   Air (RRMBE 81 no. 53) f. 12v
30 28   Corant (RRMBE 81 no. 54) ff. 13r-v
31   Albertus Bryne Alman (RRMBE 81 no. 55) f. 14r
32 29   Corant (RRMBE 81 no. 56) f. 14v
33     Jig (RRMBE 81 no. 57) f. 14v
34     Jig (RRMBE 81 no. 58) f. 14v
35     Jig (RRMBE 81 no. 59) f. 15r
36 30 John Blow Verse (RRMBE 81 no. 60) ff. 15v-16r
37 31 John Blow Voluntary (MB 73 no. 14; RRMBE 81 no. 61) f. 16v
38   Giovanni Battista Draghi Alman (RRMBE 81 no. 62; = Mus. 1003, no. 55) ff. 41r-40v
39   Giovanni Battista Draghi Corant (RRMBE 81 no. 63; = Mus. 1003, no. 56) f. 40r
40   Giovanni Battista Draghi Saraband [RRMBE 81 no. 64] f. 39v
41   Matthew Locke Alman in D major (RRMBE 81 no. 65) ff. 39r-38v
42   John Blow Corant (MB 73 no. 48; RRMBE 81 no. 66) ff. 38r-37v
43   John Blow Alman (MB 73 no. 50; opening only) f. 37r
44   John Blow Alman (MB 73 no. 20; RRMBE 81 no. 67) ff. 36r-35v
45   John Blow Alman (MB 73 no. 32; RRMBE 81 no. 68) ff. 34r-33v
46   Henry Purcell Ground in c minor (Z.T681; RRMBE 81 no. 69) ff. 32r-31v
47   Jean Baptiste Lully, arr. ?Henry Purcell [Ground 'Scocca pur'; RRMBE 81 no. 70] ff. 31r-30r
48   Henry Purcell Suite in G major: Prelude, Alman, Corant (Z.662 (1-3); RRMBE 81 nos. 71-3) ff. 29v-27v
49   Henry Purcell Saraband in a minor (Z.654; RRMBE 81 no. 74) ff. 27r-26v
50   John Blow Trumpet alman (MB 73 no. 21; RRMBE 81 no. 75) ff. 26r-25v
51   Henry Purcell? Prelude in a minor (RRMBE 81 no. 76) f. 24v
52   Henry Purcell Suite in a minor: Almand, Corant (Z.663 (2-3); RRMBE 81 nos. 77-8) ff. 24r-23v
53   John Blow and/or Giovanni Battista Draghi Alman (MB 73 no. 84; RRMBE 81 no. 79) f. 23r
54   Henry Purcell Suite in a minor: Saraband (Z.663 (4); RRMBE 81 nos. 80) ff. 23r-22v
55   John Blow Morlake ground (MB 73 no. 60; RRMBE 81 no. 81) ff. 22r-20v
56   John Blow Ground in gamut flat (MB 73 no. 70; RRMBE 81 no. 82) ff. 20r-18v
57   Gerhard Diesineer Ground (RRMBE 81 no. 83) f. 18v
58     Ground (RRMBE 81 no. 84) ff. 18r-17v

Upright format, 335 x 217 mm. 41 leaves; collation not ascertained because of the tightness of the binding. Foliation is in modern pencil. A leaf has been excised between ff. 35 and 36, and is now represented by a stub. There are cancel slips pasted to ff. 3v and 4v. Unused staves on ff. 1r, 5v, 17r, 25r, 32v-33r, 34v-35r, 36v and 41v. The original wrappers of limp vellum have been removed, and are now bound at the front of the volume. (These wrappers have been extensively annotated by Richard Goodson Jr; for details, see below.) Now within an early 20th-century binding of tooled brown leather over boards. 19th-century shelfmark: K.1.18. Formerly Mus. 1057. There are annotations by York Powell on the inside lower original wrapper; York Powell was also responsible for numbering many of the pieces (in ink, numbers circled), and for the partial list of contents now bound after f. 31. A manuscript inventory of contents by Howard Ferguson, dated '22.11.[19]63', is pasted to the inside upper cover; this has been annotated by later researchers.

Provenance: from the Goodson bequest. Probably the volume listed in Malchair 1787 (f. 4) as 'Preludes. Allemands et caet. of little use'. The outside upper vellum wrapper is faintly annotated 'Richard Goodson' [Sr]; the torn signature 'Richard Goo[dson Sr]' is also written on f. 1r, preceded by the initials 'E. M' (? = Emmanuel Miles; regarding Miles, see the entry for Mus. 92). Annotations by Richard Goodson Jr: (1) on outside original upper wrapper: 'Mem - / Feb 21 / Mr Palmer / had borowed the / folio Book of / Lessons and Overturs / of my Fathers / written & others[.] [? = Mus. 3 (ff. 39-70)] R Goodson [Jr]'. (For information about 'Mr [Ralph] Palmer', see Shay and Thompson, Purcell Manuscripts, p. 266.) (2) On outside original lower wrapper: 'Mrs Knight by / Lent Mr Blacket of Snt Johns / the schore book of / Harmonia Sacra [= Mus. 794] / Aug 28th 173[?] / Likewise George / carried to Mr Durham / the Schore of I waited / patiently Dr C[ro]fts / a book folio coverd / wth brown Leather [= Mus. 622]'.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 38.

Select bibliography:

  • Late-Seventeenth-Century English Keyboard Music, ed. Candace Bailey, Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, 81 (Madison WI, 1997) = edition of contents. A copy of this is kept at Christ Church at shelfmark ZY.4.4 (J). This includes (as Plates 1-2) facsimiles of Mus. 1177, ff. 1v and 36r. Find in a Library
  • John Blow, Complete Harpsichord Music, ed. Robert Klakowich, Musica Britannica, 73 (London, 1998). Find in a Library
  • Robert Shay and Robert Thompson, Purcell Manuscripts: The Principal Musical Sources (Cambridge, 2000), pp. 282-5. This includes (at p. 286) a facsimile of Mus. 1177, f. 24v. Find in a Library
  • Candace Bailey, 'Keyboard Music in the Hands of Edward Lowe and Richard Goodson I: Oxford, Christ Church Mus. 1176 and Mus. 1177', Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 32 (1999 [published 2001]), pp. 119-35.
  • Candace Bailey, Seventeenth-Century British Keyboard Sources (Warren, MI, 2003), esp. pp. 104-6.