Manuscript. A collection of keyboard music; English, probably
late 1620s. Apparently the work of a single amateur copyist,
exhibiting considerable scribal variation. The inventory below
is based upon the one in Virginia Brookes, British Keyboard
Music to c.1660 (Oxford, 1996); this latter book's thematic
index is cited in the inventory below as 'Brookes'. Comments
on individual pieces:
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
- Items 1-3 in the inventory below: these may have been copied
from Robert Hole (ed.), Parthenia In-Violata, or Mayden-Musicke
for the Virginalls and Bass-Viol (London, c. 1626; STC 13567a);
cited in the inventory as 'PIV'.
- Items 15 and 16 are incomplete at the end; each is followed by
an unused page, as if awaiting completion.
||Alman (PIV no. 16; Brookes 334)
||Welsh dance (PIV no. 18; MB 19 no. 107)
||The scolding woman (PIV no. 19; Brookes 992)
||Whoop, do me no harm, good man (MB 20 no. 31)
||(Untitled; Brookes 202)
||Masque (Brookes 756)
||See the building (VdGS Air 119; Brookes 1811)
||Mr Lugge's jig (Brookes 1928)
||Anne Pitt's masque (4-part Ayre VdGS 22, 'The Fancy'; Brookes 1817)
||Duke of Brunswick's Alman (MB 19 no. 93)
||Second Galliard (MB 27 no. 15c)
||Give laud unto the Lord (Brookes 600)
||Prelude (MB 19 no. 117)
||Galliard: Lord Salisbury (MB 20 no. 19)
||Galliard: St Thomas Wake, I (MB 19 no. 126b)
||The battle (MB 28 no. 94)
||John Dowland, ?arr. William Byrd
||Galliard: If my complaints (MB 28 no. 103)
||Jig (Brookes 670)
||Fortune my foe (Brookes 560)
Upright format, 290 x 193 mm. 21 leaves, foliated in modern pencil.
Collation: ?A6 (of which all before A5-6 have been excised; A5-6
= ff. 1-2), B6 (ff. 3-8), C6 (ff. 9-14), D6 (ff. 15-20), ?E6
(of which all after E1 have been excised; E1 = f. 21). Unused
ruled staves on ff. 10v, 18r and 19v. Early 17th-century binding
of brown leather over boards; upper and lower covers gold-tooled
with fillets enclosing a central ornament. No early bookplate.
19th-century shelfmark: I.5.41.
Provenance: not identifiable in any of the 18th-century catalogues
of the Christ Church music collections, but presumable from either
the Aldrich or Goodson bequest. Goodson provenance seems
more likely, on grounds of the absence of any early bookplate
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 17.
- Candace Bailey, Seventeenth-Century British Keyboard Sources
(Warren, MI, 2003), pp. 91-2.