Manuscript. Organ-book containing English consort music and Italian madrigals, copied by Stephen Bing; English, 1630s or later. A component of the so-called 'Great Set', which also includes a score-book Mus. 2, and three partbook sets Mus. 397-400, Mus. 401-2 and Mus. 403-8. For a full bibliographical description of the 'Great Set' with parallel inventories of its component volumes, see the Bibliography below (items 1 or 2).
Mus. 436 was envisaged as a three-layer anthology, comprising works for 4, 5, and 6 voices. The four-voice layer (items 1-40) appears to be complete; it is followed by 17 pages of unused ruled staves (ff. 40v-48v). The five- and six-voice layers, conversely, include many pages ruled with unused staves on which further pieces could be added. Thus both the five-voice layer (items 41-120) and the six-voice layer (items 121-43) include spans of pages with unused staves. The incomplete nature of the manuscript is further suggested by the fact that Bing supplied neither titles not composer attributions for any of the pieces he copied; nor did he add foliation or piece-numbers, or prepare an index of contents.
In the late 17th century, Mus. 436 (and indeed the whole of the 'Great Set') was acquired by Henry Adrich. He left his mark on Mus. 436 by annotating the opening pieces in the five-voice layer (items 41-64), for which he provided text-incipits, composers' names and a numbering system, all added in ink; these annotations are reproduced in the inventory below (when displayed in the 'form found in manuscript'). In the 19th and 20th centuries, further identifications were added in pencil by readers, cataloguers and librarians; these markings are not shown in the inventory below.
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
Oblong format, 410 x 275 mm. 189 leaves (all of which are single sheets), foliated '1-125, 125A, 126-88' in modern pencil. For detailed information about paper-stock, watermarks and rastration, see items 1 and 2 in the Bibliography below. Unused ruled staves on ff. 40v-48v, 64v-66r, 112v-114r, 116v-123r, 124v-125Ar, 126r-147r, 148v-149r, 150v-155r, 166v-167r and 177v-end. Late 17th-century 'Aldrich binding' Type 1, rebacked in the 20th century. Bookplate 1. Annotation by Havergal on inside upper cover: 'This vol: contains the fantasies in short score of the parts in I.5.13-18' (= Mus. 403-8). 19th-century shelfmark: I.5.32.
Provenance: from the Hatton collection (see Bibliography below); then part of the Aldrich bequest, listed by Hind in Dowding, position P2, as 'Instrumental Musick. for 2 pts. With[ou]t. name'; in Mus. 436 itself, the shelfmark 'P.2' is written on the front flyleaf.
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 17.