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Mus. 1207

Manuscript. Keyboard music by John Bull and William Byrd, copied by an unidentified hand. English, c. 1620 or later. Extensive fingerings have been added to item 1.

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

1 John Bull Miserere (MB xix 34) ff. 1r-2r
2     ff. 2v-3r
3 William Byrd Fantasia in C (MB xxvii 27) part 2 only, incomplete f. 3v

Upright format, 421 x 279 mm. Collation unclear; probably three sheets (ff. 1-3) preceded by the upper sheet of a paper wrapper (f. [0]), the lower sheet of which is now missing. Annotated by Malchair on f. [0]r: 'Miserere', to which a later hand has added (in pencil) 'by Dr. Bull'. No early bookplate. Bound into a modern folder of thin card, and mounted impermanently on cords within an early 20th-century folder of stiff card and vellum. Annotation by York Powell on f. [0]r: 'Ch Ch Liby Oxford'. Formerly Mus. 1135.

Provenance unknown. Not recorded in any early catalogue until Havergal Summary, where it is listed among the Portfolios at position I.2.β, item 15: '"Miserere" by Dr. Bull. M.S.'; in Mus. 1207 itself, the portfolio reference 'I.2.β' is written in red crayon on f. [0]r.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 39.


Virginia Brookes, British Keyboard Music to c.1660: Sources and Thematic Index (Oxford, 1996). Find in a Library