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Mus. 50

Manuscript. Services by Henry Aldrich, copied in score by John Church; English, early 18th century. Evidently a partner volume to Mus. 614. Copying of item 3 appears to have been abandoned, leaving the work incomplete, followed by unused pages.

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

1 Henry Aldrich Service in G [T/J/K/C/S/G/M/N] pp. 1-28
2 Henry Aldrich Service in A [T/J/K/C/Ca/D] pp. 28-60
3 Henry Aldrich Service in e [Be/J/K/C] pp. 61-80

Upright format, 333 x 213 mm. Eleven gatherings, as follows:

  • gatherings 1-10: each of 2 nested bifolios (= 4 folios in each); 40 folios in total. These gatherings have been assigned signatures A-K by Church, and paginated by him as '1-80'.
  • gathering 11: apparently 5 nested folios (= 10 folios in total). Church has paginated pp. 81 and 83, as if preparing these pages for further copying of item 3. Unused ruled staves on pp. 81-[100].

Contemporary binding of rough brown leather over boards, blind tooled on the upper and lower covers and spine with ornamental borders. Red leather inset on upper cover, gold tooled: 'Services: compos'd by Dr H. Aldrich'. Bookplate 1. List of contents on front flyleaf by Havergal. 19th-century shelfmark: I.1.1. Formerly Mus. 37.

Provenance: presumably from the Aldrich bequest, but not listed in any of the 18th-century Christ Church catalogues until the entry for it by Hind in Archives 1717, at position H56: 'Services Compos'd by Dr. Aldrich.' In Burney 1778, f. 4, it is described as 'A beautiful MS. Score of Dr Aldridge's Services'.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 6.

In addition to Mus. 50, the following manuscripts in the Christ Church collection were copied by John Church: