Manuscript. Five performing parts for six 'sinfonias' (= five-voice single-movement fantasias) by Leonora Duarte (1610-1678?), bound together in a single volume. Music copyist unidentified; titles in the hand of Gaspar Duarte (Leonora's father). Copied probably in Antwerp, second quarter of 17th century. The fantasias bear the following headings (as transcribed from the 'Canto primo' partbook, ff. 28-34):
Upright format, 313 x193 mm. The volume has been assembled from
what was once a set of five substantial partbooks, each of which
ended with a large number of sheets with unused ruled staves.
Of this set, Mus. 429 was the 'Bassus' partbook; it opens with
pages bearing music notation, and continues with gatherings of
unused ruled staves. The latter were then selectively cut down
to stubs, and used as guards on to which excised leaves from
the four remaining partbooks were then pasted. (No trace remains
of the four discarded partbooks.) 102 folios; foliation is in
modern pencil. Gathering structure as follows:
Mid 17th-century binding of blue-green velvet over boards; edges gilded. Disturbance to the gilt edges proves that the process of excising and remounting the leaves (as described above) took place after binding. Bookplate 2. 19th-century shelfmark: I.5.39.
Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest, listed in Dowding (main hand, at shelfmark N.1.8) as 'Symphoniae / pro divers. Tonis. Leon Duante MS. 5 Vols.'; the entry was later annotated by Havergal: '5 vol: bound together'. In Mus. 429 itself, the shelfmark 'N8' (equivalent to N.1.8) is written on the front flyleaf. Following the removal of the music collections to the New Library in c. 1763, this item was shelved as part of the Goodson bequest, and is listed as such in Malchair 1787 (f. 4) as 'A Vol. bound in Changable green velvet. / the contents seemingly useless' (presumably on account of the five performing parts being bound together).
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 48.