Manuscript. Cantatas by Giacomo Carissimi, copied in score by
Richard Goodson Sr; English, late 17th century. This is one
of the many manuscripts of 17th-century Italian cantatas now in Christ Church Library.
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
Upright format, 333 x 215 mm. Structure: ii + 106 + ii leaves. Folios 1-67r have been paginated by the following hands: pp. 1-73 in ink by Goodson Sr; pp. 74-105 in ink, probably by Burney; pp. 106-111 in ink, probably by Malchair; pp. 113-33 in modern pencil (paginated on rectos only). Unused ruled staves from f. 67v-end; these leaves have not been paginated. Collation of ff. 1-68 (= pp. 1-): 17 gatherings each of two quired bifolia (A4, B4, etc.); the collation of the remaining leaves has not been researched. Late 17th-century binding of thick grey card; the edges and spine are crudely reinforced with vellum. Outside upper cover annotated in ink by an unidentified 18th-century hand: 'Cantate del Giacomo Carissimi'. Bookplate 2 on inside upper cover. The cantatas have been numbered '1-22' by Burney at the head of each piece. 19th-century shelfmark: I.1.15.
Provenance: probably from the Aldrich bequest (on the evidence of the bookplate). The earliest reference to this volume is by Hind (in Dowding), where it is covered by the blanket description of volumes at position O: '18 Vols. of Musick, chiefly M.S. mark'd on the Backs, A. B. C. C.2. D. D.2. E. E.2. F. H. I. K. L. M. M.2. N. O. P. Q. T.' In Mus. 51 itself, the shelfmark 'C2' is written in ink at the head of the spine, and the letter 'C' on the outside lower cover.
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 47.