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Mus. 12

Manuscript. Anthems and contrafacta for choir with organ accompaniment or continuo, copied in score by Charles Husbands Jr; English, c. 1690. Partner to Mus. 11, which contains similar works for unaccompanied choir. On pp. 27-8 and 150-63, the headings and text-underlay have been written in by Francis Smith.

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

1 Orlando Gibbons Behold, thou hast made my days pp. 1-6
2 Henry Cooke Turn thou us, O good Lord pp. 7-9
3 Orlando Gibbons [arr. Henry Aldrich] Blessed is the man [=Glorious and powerful God] pp. 10-16
4 Christopher Gibbons Sing unto the Lord pp. 17-21
5 Christopher Gibbons How long wilt thou forget me pp. 22-25
6 Christopher Gibbons O praise the Lord, all ye heathen pp. 26-27
7 Henry Aldrich [after Carissimi?] O how amiable are thy dwellings pp. 28-33
8 John Blow Lord, how are they increased pp. 34-40
9 Henry Aldrich [after Carissimi] Haste thee, O Lord my God [=O dulcissimum Mariae nomen + final chorus of Jephte] pp. 40-44
10 Henry Aldrich [after Carissimi?] God is our refuge pp. 45-50
11 Michael Wise The Lord is my shepherd pp. 50-53
12 Henry Aldrich [after Carissimi] O Lord, I will praise thee [derived from Laudemus virum gloriosum + Dicite nobis] pp. 54-60
13 Henry Aldrich [after Carissimi] For Sion's sake [derived from Egredimini caelestes curiae + Suscitavit Dominus + Annunciate gentes] pp. 61-67
14 Henry Aldrich [after Carissimi?] O pray for the peace of Jerusalem pp. 67-74
15 Henry Aldrich [after Carissimi] I am well pleased [=Praevaluerunt in nos inimici + Vidi impium superexaltatum] pp. 74-82
16 Michael Wise [arr. Henry Aldrich] Thy beauty, O Israel [=How are the mighty fallen] pp. 83-89
17 Matthew Locke O give thanks unto the Lord pp. 90-94
18 Christopher Gibbons The Lord said unto my Lord pp. 95-98
19 Michael Wise Awake up, my glory pp. 99-101
20 Michael Wise Awake, put on thy strength pp. 102-108
21 Michael Wise Open me the gates of righteousness pp. 109-115
22 William Child Thou art my king, O God pp. 116-118
23 Pelham Humfrey O be joyful in the Lord pp. 118-124
24 Orlando Gibbons Sing unto the Lord pp. 124-131
25 William Lawes The Lord is my light pp. 132-139
26 Christopher Gibbons God be merciful unto us pp. 140-144
27 Pelham Humfrey Like as the hart pp. 145-149
28 William Child Behold how good and joyful pp. 150-156
29 Henry Aldrich (after Carissimi?) Behold in heaven, on the right hand pp. 156-163
30   (pencil jotting) p. 165

Upright format, 370 x 245 mm. 92 unfoliated folios; of these ff. [1v-82r] have been paginated '1-163' by Husbands. Unused ruled staves on ff. [83v-92v]. Collation is largely unclear on account of the tightness of the binding, but was probably originally in regular gatherings each of two nested bifolios, with some leaves mounted on guards. Late 17th-century binding of dark brown leather over boards, gold-tooled with fillets and corner ornaments; on the spine, an inset of red leather, tooled in gold: 'VERSE ANTHEMS IN SCORE'. Index of contents on front flyleaf iii by Malchair (with composer attributions added by Havergal), and on front flyleaf i by Havergal (who has also annotated the musical contents of the volume with attributions). Bookplate 2. 19th-century shelfmark: H.1.12.

Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest, listed in Archives 1717, item B8, as 'Verse Anthem in Score', qualified in Dowding (main hand) as 'Lock & Aldrich. Funeral Anthem'; in Mus. 12 itself, the shelfmark 'B.8' is written in ink on front flyleaf iii. During the 18th century, Mus 12 and its partner, Mus. 11, were shelved apart from one another; by the early 19th century they had been reunited, at shelf-positions H.1.11-12.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 2.


  • Robert Shay and Robert Thompson, Purcell Manuscripts: the Principal Musical Sources (Cambridge, 2000), pp. 13, 150. Find in a Library
  • Robert Shay (ed.), Henry Aldrich: Selected Anthems and Motet Recompositions, Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, 85 (Madison, 1998). Find in a Library