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Mus. 43

Manuscript. A heavily mutilated volume of Italian and English sacred music, copied in score largely by Henry Aldrich; English, late 17th century. Henry Bowman was responsible for copying item 3; and an unidentified copyist added item 2. Many leaves from the original volume have been excised; to judge from the stubs that remain, the majority of them also once contained music copied by Aldrich. (For further details, see below.) Most of the pieces still intact within Mus. 43 were also copied into Mus. 48.

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

1 Henry Aldrich? (Sketch of part of an untexted work in d minor, in score) f. 1r
2   (Fragment of untexted melody in a minor, copied with the volume inverted) f. 1r
3 Pelham Humfrey How well doth this harmonious meeting prove f. 1v
4 Pietro Reggio Miserere mei Deus ff. 2r-6r
5 Natale Monferrato Salve Regina ff. 7r-9v
6 Egidio Trabattone Anima mea in aeterna dulcedine ff. 10r-11v
7 Giacomo Carissimi Audite sancti ff. 12r-14r
8 Giovanni Felice Sances Audite me, divini fructus ff. 14v-16r
9 Giovanni Felice Sances Dulcis amor Jesu ff. 16v-17r
10 Giovanni Felice Sances Laetamini in Domino ff. 17v-18v
11 Giovanni Felice Sances Ardet cor meum et anima mea ff. 19r-20v
12 Giovanni Felice Sances Deus in adiutorium (incomplete) ff. 20v-21r
13 Matthew Locke And a voice came out of the throne ff. 22v-23v
14 Nicholas Lanier O amantissime Domine (embellished version) f. 23v
15 Edward Gibbons Awake and arise f. 24r
16 Christopher Gibbons Gloria Patri et Filio f. 24v

Upright format, 360 x 235 mm. 24 surviving folios, foliated in modern pencil. At least 60 further leaves have been excised from the volume, largely from the rear of the volume (following modern f. 24), and are now represented by unfoliated stubs. The majority of these bear traces of music copied by Aldrich. For an attempt to determine the original collation, see Wainwright (in Bibliography below), p. 375. Unused ruled staves on ff. 6v, 21v and 22r. 'Aldrich binding' Type 1. Bookplate 2. Apparently not allocated a shelfmark during the 19th century, to judge from the following annotation on the front flyleaf (partly concealed by the pastedown inventory of contents by Weedon): 'duplicate / See I.1.12' (= Mus. 48).

Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest. The earliest catalogue entry for this item is by Hind (in Dowding), where it is listed at position P5 as 'Miserere by Reggio. Salve Regina &c. Anima mea by Charissimi. &c. Folio M.S. Much torn'. In Mus. 43 itself, the shelfmark 'P.5' is written in Hind's hand on the front flyleaf.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 6.


Jonathan P. Wainwright, Musical Patronage in Seventeenth-Century England: Christopher, First Baron Hatton (1605-1670) (Aldershot and Brookfield VT, 1997), pp. 374-5. Find in a Library

For a list of other items at Christ Church associated with Henry Bowman, see the entry for Mus. 20.