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Mus. 1205(C)

Manuscript. Sketches, fragments and fair copies of compositions and adaptations by Henry Aldrich; autograph scores; English, late 17th century.

  • Item 3 is headed 'To be sung while the Preist goes to the Altar'.
  • Item 4: performing parts for this setting are in Mus. 468-72 (item 102), copied by Richard Goodson Sr.
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
1   Fragment of Psalm 137, ending '...If I prefer not Jerusalem in my mirth' f. 1r
2   Sketches of bass part for an 'Amen' f. 1r
3 Robert White, arr. Henry Aldrich I will wash my hands in innocence (adapted from 'O how glorious art thou') ff. 1v-2r
4 Thomas Tallis, adapted by Henry Aldrich Pater de caelis Deus (= Latin Litany; incomplete at end) ff. 3r-v

Upright format, 375 x 245 mm. Bifolio (ff. 1-2) enclosing a single leaf (f. 3); unused ruled staves on f. 2v. Pasted into a modern card folder, and mounted impermanently on cords within an early 20th century folder containing all 3 sections of Mus. 1205.

Provenance: presumably from the Aldrich bequest. Formerly shelved within the Portfolios at position I.2.γ (the reference 'I.2.γ' is written in red crayon on f. 1r). In Havergal Summary, the contents of that portfolio are described only in summary as '14 Anonymous anthems, mostly separate, with fragments of others, & 3 services in parts. MS'.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 39.


Robert Shay, '"Naturalizing" Palestrina and Carissimi in Late Seventeenth-Century Oxford: Henry Aldrich and his Recompositions', Music and Letters, 77 (1996), 368-400 (at pp. 383, 392). Find in a Library