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Mus. 55

Manuscript. Latin-texted sacred music by or attributed to Carissimi, copied in score by Henry Aldrich; English, late 17th century. Item 6 in the inventory was added at the end of the volume by John Malchair in 1787, copying from the printed edition now at Mus. 1063-5.

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

1 Giacomo Carissimi Dixit Dominus pp. 1-18
2 Giacomo Carissimi Anima nostra sustinet Dominum pp. 25-29
3 Giacomo Carissimi Sicut mater consolatur filios suos pp. 30-33
4 Giacomo Carissimi O quam mirabilia pp. 34-37
5   Mass a3 [=Mus. 13/30] pp. 39-65
6 Luca Marenzio Di pianti e di sospir R1

Upright format, 335 x 215 mm. 92 folios, of which only the first 33 folios and the last page have been used for music copying; the remaining leaves comprise unused ruled staves. Collation of folios 1-36: A4, B4, C4, D4, E2, F2, G4, H4, I4, J4. Folios 1r-20r are paginated '1-39' in 18th-century ink; folios 21r-33r are paginated '41-65' in 20th-century pencil. The remaining sheets are neither paginated nor foliated. Unused staves on pp. 19-24, 38, and from [p. 66] to the end of the volume (except for the addition of item 6 on the last page). Early 18th-century binding of marbled paper over boards, half bound in white vellum. Bookplate 2. List of contents on the front flyleaf by Malchair. 19th-century shelfmark: I.1.19.

Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest. Listed in Archives 1717, item H43, as 'S. Iacomo Carissimi', to which a later hand has added 'MS. Fol: Dixit Dominus - Anima mea'. The entry in Dowding (main hand) adds 'A Compleat Mass with Instrumts of Carissimi'. To judge from the18th-century catalogues, the volume was subsequently reshelved variously at positions H60 and P1, but ultimately returned to H43. Its front flyleaf bears the shelfmark 'H.43', written in 18th-century ink, together with a deleted shelfmark that probably read 'H.60'.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 47.

This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Henry Aldrich.