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Mus. 1180

Manuscript. Organ parts for fantasia-suites by Christopher Gibbons, copied by Henry Aldrich; English, late 17th century. The copies, which are unfinished, may have been intended to complement those of Mus. 414-16, which it mirrors in the following ways:

  • Mus. 1180, ff. 1-19r: unused ruled staves, possibly meant for the repertory of Mus. 414-16, items 1-8.
  • Mus. 1180, items 1-10: corresponds to the repertory of Mus. 414-16, items 9-18. In Mus. 1180, items 6-10 are copied incomplete, but with unused pages reserved for subsequent expansion.
  • Mus. 1180, ff. 39v-end: unused ruled staves, possibly meant for the repertory of Mus. 414-16, items 19-20.
This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Henry Aldrich.

Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.

1 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 1 in a minor, for 2 trebles, bass and organ (VdGS 13-15): Fantasy, Almain, Galliard ff. 19v-21r
2 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 2 in a minor, for 2 trebles, bass and organ (VdGS 16-18): Fantasy, Almain, Galliard ff. 21v-23r
3 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 3 in d minor, for 2 trebles, bass and organ (VdGS 19-21): Fantasy, Almain, Galliard ff. 23v-25r
4 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 4 in d minor, for 2 trebles, bass and organ (VdGS 22-4): Fantasy, Almain, Galliard ff. 25v-27r
5 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 5 in D major, for 2 trebles, bass and organ (VdGS 25-7): Fantasy, Almain, Galliard ff. 27v-29r
6 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 6 in D major, for 2 trebles, bass and organ (VdGS 28-30): Fantasy, Almain, Galliard ff. 29v-31r
7 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 1 in d minor, for treble, bass and organ (VdGS 1-3): Fantasy (only) ff. 31v-32r
8 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 2 in d minor, for treble, bass and organ (VdGS 4-6): Fantasy (only) ff. 33v-34r
9 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 3 in D major, for treble, bass and organ (VdGS 7-9): Fantasy (only) ff. 35v-36r
10 Christopher Gibbons Fantasia-suite no. 4 in D major, for treble, bass and organ (VdGS 10-12): Fantasy, Almain, Galliard ff. 37v-39r

Upright format, 310 x 197 mm. 97 folios, foliated in pencil in January 2006. (The foliation system will not be present in microfilms made before that date.) Collation not ascertained on account of the tightness of the binding. Unused ruled staves on ff. 1r-19r, 32v-33r, 34v-35r, 36v-37r, and 39v-end. Late 17th-century binding of mottled brown leather over boards, with gold-tooled panels stamped on the spine. No early bookplate. 19th-century shelfmark: I.7.79.

Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest. The earliest catalogue entry for this item is by Hind (in Archives 1717), position E23, where it is listed as 'Dr. Christopher Gibbons's Fancies for 2 Trebles & a Bass. Fol. M.S.'. In Mus. 1180 itself, the shelfmark 'E.23' is written in ink on the front flyleaf.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 46.

Bibliography:

Robert Shay, '"Naturalizing" Palestrina and Carissimi in Late Seventeenth-Century Oxford: Henry Aldrich and his Recompositions', Music and Letters, 77 (1996), 368-400 (at p. 383). Find in a Library

This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Henry Aldrich.