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Mus. 247-8

Printed. Medius and Tenor partbooks from an otherwise untraced set of six.

Mus. 247-8
Byrd, William, 1542 or 3-1623 Grove DNB
Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum, quarum aliae ad quinque, aliae verò ad sex voces aeditae sunt. Autore Guilielmo Byrd, organista Regio, Anglo.
London: Excudebat Thomas Este ex assignatione Guilielmi Byrd, 1591
RISM A/I B5216
Mus. 247: Medius; Mus. 248: Tenor.
Lacks: Contratenor; Superius; Bassus; Sextus.

Provenance unknown. The earliest catalogue entry for these partbooks is by Hind in Dowding, at shelfmark M.4.31: 'Liber 2dus Sacrarum Cant: Gul: Byrd. Tenor only. 1591'. By 1779 the two partbooks had been reunited, and they are listed together in Burney (f. 9) as 'two odd Books of Birde's Cant. Sac.'

Upright format, 215 x 160 mm. Early C20th bindings of stiff card and vellum. Shelfmark 'M.4.31' on titlepage of Mus. 248 in Hind's hand. No early bookplates. C19th shelfmarks: I.3.155-6.

Microfilm: The printed music of Christ Church, Oxford, reel 10.
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For a complete copy of this edition, see Mus. 489-94, tract 5.