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Mus. 1246

Manuscript. Second tenor partbook from a set of probably eight or ten partbooks. Principal layer: presumably copied in Oxford for use at Christ Church Cathedral, c. 1670-77. Subsequent additions were made by members of Christ Church Cathedral choir during the later 17th and early 18th centuries, partly on pages left blank during previous stages of copying, and otherwise at the end of the volume. Many of the copyists who contributed to Mus. 1246 also wrote music into Mus. 1220-4. (For a full list of surviving music-books from Christ Church Cathedral from the Restoration to the early 19th century, follow this link.)

Copyists as follows:

  • Main hand (unidentified): items 1-2, 7-23, 25-32, 35-40, 54-6. This scribe was also responsible for copying Mus. 1012.
  • Edward Lowe: items 3 (probably), 24, 33-4, 41-52, 57-8, 61-2, 64-5, 69, 73. (This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Edward Lowe.)
  • Sampson Estwick: items 4, 68. (For a list of other items at Christ Church associated with Sampson Estwick, see the entry for Mus. 1142b (f. 51).)
  • Charles Husbands Jr: item 5. (For a list of other music manuscripts at Christ Church copied or partially copied by Charles Husbands Jr, see the entry for Mus. 11.)
  • William Husbands: items 53, 59. (For a list of other manuscripts at Christ Church copied or partially copied by William Husbands, see the entry for Mus. 10.)
  • Henry Aldrich: items 60, 63. (This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Henry Aldrich.)
  • Francis Withy: item 66. (For a list of other items at Christ Church copied by Francis Withy, see the entry for Mus. 337.)
  • Edward Hull: items 70-71. (For a list of other items at Christ Church copied by Edward Hull, see the entry for Mus. 39.)
  • Francis Smith: probably item 72. (For a list of other music manuscripts at Christ Church copied or partially copied by Smith, see the entry for Mus. 53.)
  • Richard Goodson Jr: item 6.
  • Hewis Kelway: item 74. Kelway also copied music into Mus. 1220-4.
  • Unidentified copyists: items 67, 75.
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
1 William Randall (i) Service in G: T(inc.)/J/C/K/C/M/N pp. 3-8
2 William Randall (i) Service in d: T/J/C/K/C/M/N pp. 8-15
3 Benjamin Rogers Service in G: M/N pp. 16-17
4 Sampson Estwick Service in G: M/N pp. 18-19
5 John Blow Service in e: T pp. 20-20c
6 Henry Purcell Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets [Z 58C.] p. 20d
7 William Child Sharp Service in e: T/J/K/C/M/N pp. 21-27
8 William Child O pray for the peace of Jerusalem pp. 27-28
9 Adrian Batten Short Service in d sol re; T/J/K/C/M/N pp. 29-38
10 William Byrd Prevent us, O Lord pp. 38-39
11 Benjamin Rogers Whole Service in D sol re: T/J/K/C/M/N (see also no. 74 below) pp. 39-49
12 Benjamin Rogers Behold now, praise the Lord p. 49
13 John Mundy O give thanks unto the Lord pp. 50-51
14 William Child Whole Service in F: T/J/K/C/Ca/D pp. 52-61
15 Orlando Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God pp. 61-62
16 Orlando Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David pp. 62-63
17 Orlando Gibbons Lift up your heads pp. 63-65
18 Orlando Gibbons Deliver us, O Lord our God pp. 65-66
19 William Byrd Save me, O God pp. 66-68
20 Thomas Weelkes O Lord, grant the king a long life pp. 68-69
21 Thomas Tallis With all our hearts (= Salvator mundi I) pp. 69-70
22 Benjamin Rogers Service in e la mi for verses: T/J/K/C pp. 70-76
23 Matthew Jeffreys Te deum in F pp. 76-78
24 Benjamin Rogers Service in e la mi for verses: M/N pp. 79-80
25 William White O praise God in his holiness [II] pp. 81-82
26 Richard Farrant Hide not thou thy face from us pp. 82-83
27 Richard Farrant Call to remembrance p. 83
28 Adrian Batten O praise the Lord, all ye heathen [I] p. 84
29 Adrian Batten Haste thee, O God, to deliver me [I] pp. 84-85
30 William Child Praise the Lord, O my soul [I] pp. 86-87
31 Benjamin Rogers Behold, how good and joyful p. 87
32 Benjamin Rogers I will magnify thee p. 88
33 Michael Wise The Lord is my shepherd p. 89
34 Adrian Batten Hear my prayer, O God, and hide not [II] pp. 90-91
35 Benjamin Rogers O that the salvation pp. 91-92
36 William Child O Lord, grant the king a long life [II] pp. 92-93
37 John Blow Turn thee unto me, O Lord pp. 93-94
38 Benjamin Rogers O pray for the peace of Jerusalem pp. 94-95
39 Benjamin Rogers How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord p. 96
40 Michael Wise Awake up, my glory p. 97
41 Michael Wise O praise God in his holiness p. 98
42 William Tucker I will magnify thee p. 98
43 Henry Hall (i) Wherewithal shall a youg man p. 99
44 Michael Wise How are the mighty fallen pp. 100-102
45 William Child O sing unto the Lord p. 103
46 William Child If the Lord himself p. 104
47 William Child O clap your hands p. 105
48 William Tucker This is the day that the Lord hath made pp. 106-107
49 William Child Let God arise p. 108
50 William Child Give the King thy judgements p. 109
51 Michael Wise Have pity upon me p. 110
52 Richard Portman Rejoice in the Lord p. 111
53 Henry Aldrich O Lord our governor p. 112
54 William Child Evening Service in a re: M/N pp. 113-114
55 William Child Behold how good and joyful p. 115
56 William Child Evening Service for verses in B mi flat, the First Service: M/N pp. 117-118
57 William Child Short Service in a: T/J/K/C/M/N pp. 119-123
58 Henry Aldrich Give the king thy judgements p. 124
59 William Husbands The earth is the Lord's p. 125
60 Henry Aldrich If the Lord himself (two copies, the first incomplete) pp. 143-144
61 Henry Aldrich Service in G: T/J/K/C/M/N; see also no. 67 below for alternative N pp. 145-151
62 Pelham Humfrey Like as the hart pp. 152-153
63 Henry Aldrich O praise the Lord, all ye heathen p. 154
64 John Blow O Lord, thou hast searched me out p. 155
65 Henry Aldrich Service in e: Be/J pp. 156-158
66 Henry Cooke Turn thou us, O good Lord pp. 158-159
67 Henry Aldrich Service in G: N p. 160
68 John Blow Service in A: T/J p. 161
69   Hide not thy face from me, O Lord (deleted) pp. 162-163
70 Henry Aldrich Have mercy upon me, O Lord pp. 164-168
71 Michael Wise Awake, put on thy strength p. 169
72 John Blow Christ being raised from the dead p. 170
73 Henry Aldrich (after Carissimi?) God is our refuge pp. 175-177a
74 Benjamin Rogers Whole Service in D sol re: S; see also no. 11 above p. 178
75 Robert Creighton Service in E flat: T/N/M/J pp. 179-184

Upright format, 305 x 200 mm. 84 surviving folios. Breaks in and additions to the pagination system suggest that the volume was dismantled and physically altered at least once; and at least two leaves have been excised from the front of the volume. Item 75 (Creighton's Service in E flat) is copied on different paper, and is clearly a later insertion. Collation unclear on account of the tightness of the binding. Pagination (various hands) follows the following sequence: [1-2 excised,] 3-20, 20a-d, 21-126, [127-42 absent,] 143-70, [171-3 absent,] 174-7, 177a, 178-86. Pages of unused ruled staves on pp. 116, 174, 182, 185-6. The music pages are preceded by three leaves used for indexes, paginated 'a-c' on their rectos. The first index (p. 'a') is of services, and is in the hand of Hewis Kelway (who also copied item 74). The other two indexes ('b' and 'c') are of full and verse anthems respectively, and were begun by the unidentified main copyist, with additions by later copyists. Early 18th-century binding of rough brown calf over boards, blind-tooled, with scraps of calf pasted to the spine and edges as strengthenings. Outside upper cover stamped '2' in gold. Outside lower cover annotated '2. T. 1748' in black ink. No early bookplate.

Provenance: transferred from the library of Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, probably in the early 20th century.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 45.

Bibliography:

Robert Shay and Robert Thompson, Purcell Manuscripts: The Principal Musical Sources (Cambridge, 2000), pp. 226, 309. Find in a Library