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Mus. 56-60

Manuscript. Five partbooks from a set originally of six (the Bassus partbook is missing), containing anthems, elegies, madrigals, and other polyphonic works for voices, often with accompaniments for viols; English, c. 1620. Compiled by an undetermined number of copyists, none of whom has yet been identified. No attempt is made in the following description to specify the pages copied by each scribe, since there is evidence of collaborative copying, hands sometimes changing during the copying of a single piece, or separately supplying the music and the verbal text-underlay of a piece. For a summary description of some of the principal hands, see Monson (in Bibliography below). The works are copied in two principal layers: works for five voices (items 1-47), and works for six voices (items 48-80). Two further sub-layers can be discerned, the first commencing at item 32 (anthems a5), the second at item 71 (works a6 with two bass voice-parts).

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

 Mus. 56Mus. 57Mus. 58Mus. 59Mus. 60
1 Edmund Hooper The blessed lamb pp. 1-3 pp. 1-3   pp. 1-3 pp. 1-3
2 [Thomas?] Wilkinson Preserve me, O Lord pp. 4-5 pp. 4-5   pp. 4-5 pp. 4-5
3 John Amner I am for peace pp. 6-7 pp. 6-7   pp. 6-7 pp. 6-7
4 Robert Parsons (i) Deliver me from mine enemies pp. 8-9 p. 8   p. 8 p. 8
5 Thomas Warwick O God of my salvation p. 9 p. 9   p. 9 p. 9
6 William Byrd Save me, O God pp. 10-11 pp. 10-11   pp. 10-11 pp. 10-11
7 Robert Jones Sing joyfully pp. 12-13 pp. 12-13   pp. 12-13 pp. 12-13
8 Thomas Weelkes Alleluia. I heard a voice pp. 14-15 pp. 14-15   pp. 14-15 pp. 14-15
9 John Mundy O give thanks unto the Lord pp. 16-17 pp. 16-17   pp. 16-17 pp. 16-17
10 Thomas Lupo Have mercy upon me p. 18 p. 18   p. 18 p. 18
11 Thomas Lupo For I knowledge my faults p. 19 p. 19   p. 19 p. 19
12 Thomas Lupo Out of the deep p. 20 p. 20   p. 20 p. 20
13 Thomas Lupo Hear my prayer, O Lord p. 21 p. 21   p. 21 p. 21
14 John Ward How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord pp. 22-23 pp. 22-23   pp. 22-23 pp. 22-23
15 John Ward Down, caitiff wretch pp. 24-25 pp. 24-25   pp. 24-25 pp. 24-25
16 John Ward Prayer is an endless chain pp. 26-27 pp. 26-27   pp. 26-27 pp. 26-27
17 William Simmes Rise, O my soul pp. 28-30 pp. 28-30   pp. 28-30 pp. 28-30
18 Thomas Ravenscroft O let me hear thy loving kindness pp. 31-33 pp. 31-33   pp. 31-33 pp. 31-33
19 Thomas Ravenscroft This is the day when first our Saviour pp. 34-35 pp. 34-35   pp. 34-35 pp. 34-35
20 Thomas Ravenscroft In Thee, O Lord, have I put my trust pp. 36-37 pp. 36-37   pp. 36-37 pp. 36-37
21 Thomas Warwick I lift mine eyes up to the hills pp. 38-39 pp. 38-39   pp. 38-39 pp. 38-39
22 Thomas Ravenscroft O woeful ruins of Jerusalem [pt 1 only.] p. 40 p. 40   p. 40 p. 40
23 William Corkine Praise the Lord, O my soul p. 41 p. 41   p. 41 p. 41
24 Thomas? Wilkinson A sea-nymph sat upon the shore p. 42 p. 42   p. 42 p. 42
25   Sweet violets Matilda gave p. 43 p. 43   p. 43 p. 43
26 John Ward Down in a dale sat a nymph weeping pp. 44-45 pp. 44-45   pp. 44-45 pp. 44-45
27 John Ward My breast I'll set upon a silver stream p. 46 p. 46   p. 46 p. 46
28 John Ward Cruel unkind, O stay thy flying p. 47 p. 47   p. 47 p. 47
29 John Bull How joyful and how glad a thing it is pp. 48-50 pp. 48-50   pp. 48-50 pp. 48-50
30 William Daman O heavenly God, O Father dear p. 51 p. 51   p. 51 p. 51
31 Richard Dering The city cries ['What do you lack'] pp. 52-56 pp. 52-56   pp. 52-56 pp. 52-56
32 Simon Stubbs Father of love, pure fountain of rich grace p. 86 pp. 68-69   pp. 74-75 pp. 84-85
33 Martin Peerson O Lord, in Thee is all my trust pp. 88-89 pp. 70-71   pp. 76-77 pp. 86-87
34 William Mundy O Lord, I bow the knees of my heart pp. 90-91 pp. 72-73   pp. 78-79 pp. 88-89
35 Christopher Tye I lift my heart to Thee pp. 92-93 pp. 74-75   pp. 80-81 pp. 90-91
36 Robert White O Lord, deliver me from mine enemies p. 94 p. 76   p. 82 p. 92
37 Orlando Gibbons See, see, the Word is incarnate pp. 95-97 pp. 77-79   pp. 83-85 pp. 93-95
38 John Amner Consider, all ye passers by pp. 98-99 pp. 80-81   pp. 86-87 pp. 96-97
39 Matthew Jeffreys My love is crucified pp. 100-101 pp. 82-83   pp. 88-89 pp. 98-99
40 Thomas Weelkes Lord, to Thee I make my moan p. 102 p. 84   p. 90 p. 100
41 Christopher Tye To Father, Son and Holy Ghost p. 103 p. 85   p. 91 p. 101
42 Thomas(?) Wilkinson Hear my prayer, O Lord pp. 104-105 pp. 86-87   pp. 92-93 pp. 102-103
43 [Thomas?] Wilkinson Put me not to rebuke pp. 106-107 pp. 88-89   pp. 94-95 pp. 104-105
44   Wounded with sin extremely pp. 108-109 pp. 90-91   pp. 96-97 pp. 106-107
45 John Bull Almighty God, who by the leading pp. 110-112 pp. 92-94   pp. 98-100 pp. 108-110
46 John Bennet O God of gods, O King of kings pp. 113-115 pp. 95-97   pp. 101-103 pp. 111-113
47 John Ward Let God arise pp. 116-118 pp. 98-100   pp. 104-106 pp. 114-116
48 Thomas Lupo Ay me, can love and beauty so conspire p. 123 p. 105 p. 1 p. 111 p. 121
49 John Ward Well-sounding pipes p. 124 p. 106 p. 2 p. 112 p. 122
50 John Ward As sharps and flats p. 125 p. 107 p. 3 p. 113 p. 123
51 John Ward No object dearer pp. 126-127 pp. 108-109 pp. 4-5 pp. 114-115 pp. 124-125
52 Thomas Ford 'Tis now dead night pp. 128-129 pp. 110-111 pp. 6-7 pp. 116-117 pp. 126-127
53 William Cranford Weep, Britons, weep pp. 130-131 pp. 112-113 pp. 8-9 pp. 118-119 pp. 128-129
54 Richard Dering If sorrow might so fully be expressed p. 132 p. 114 pp. 10-11 p. 120 p. 130
55 John Ward This is a joyful happy holy day pp. 133-135 pp. 115-117 pp. 12-13 pp. 121-123 pp. 131-133
56 William Cranford Woods, rocks and mountains pp. 136-137 pp. 118-119 pp. 14-15 pp. 124-125 pp. 134-135
57 William Cranford My sinful soul, arraigned of woeful guilt pp. 138-140 pp. 120-122 pp. 16-18 pp. 126-128 pp. 136-138
58 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) O remember not our old sins p. 141 p. 123 p. 19 p. 129 p. 139
59 Matthew Jeffreys Lord, remember David pp. 142-143 pp. 124-125 pp. 20-21 pp. 130-131 pp. 140-141
60 Matthew Jeffreys Sing we merrily unto God our strength pp. 144-145 pp. 126-127 pp. 22-23 pp. 132-133 pp. 142-143
61 Matthew Jeffreys Out of the deep pp. 146-147 pp. 128-129 pp. 24-25 pp. 134-135 pp. 144-145
62 Matthew Jeffreys If the Lord himself pp. 148-149 pp. 130-131 pp. 26-27 pp. 136-137 pp. 146-147
63 Thomas Weelkes When David heard p. 150 p. 132 p. 28 p. 138 p. 148
64 Thomas Weelkes O my son Absolon p. 151 p. 133 p. 29 p. 139 p. 149
65 Thomas Weelkes O Jonathan, woe is me for thee p. 151a p. 134 p. 30 p. 140 p. 150
66 Thomas Ford Miserere my maker p. 151b p. 135 p. 31 p. 141 p. 151
67 Thomas Ford Music divine pp. 151c-152 pp. 136-137 pp. 32-33 pp. 142-143 pp. 152-153
68 John Ward I heaven's just wrath pp. 153c-154 pp. 138-139 pp. 34-35 pp. 144-145 pp. 154-155
69 Thomas Weelkes Gloria in excelsis Deo pp. 155-156 pp. 140-141 pp. 36-37 pp. 146-147 pp. 156-157
70 William Simmes Away, fond thoughts pp. 157-159 pp. 142-144 pp. 38-40 pp. 148-150 pp. 158-160
71 Michael East Sing we merrily pp. 209-210 pp. 202-203 pp. 98-99 pp. 196-197 pp. 214-215
72 Edmund Hooper Hearken, ye nations pp. 211-213 pp. 204-206 pp. 100-102 pp. 198-200 pp. 216-218
73 Thomas Weelkes Hosanna to the Son of David p. 214 p. 207 p. 103 p. 201 p. 219
74 Thomas Ford Still shall my hopes expect the morrow pp. 215-216 pp. 208-209 pp. 104-105 pp. 202-203 pp. 220-221
75 Peter Philips Bow down thine ear [= 'Cantai mentre'] pp. 217-218 pp. 210-211 pp. 106-107 pp. 204-205 pp. 221-222
76 John Ward Praise, the Lord, O my soul pp. 219-222 pp. 212-215 pp. 108-111 pp. 206-209 pp. 224-227
77 Thomas Ford O stay awhile, mine eye retire pp. 223-224 pp. 216-217 pp. 112-113 pp. 210-211 pp. 228-229
78 Christopher Tye Christ rising again p. 225 p. 218 p. 114 p. 212 p. 230
79 Christopher Tye Christ is risen again p. 226 p. 219 p. 115 p. 213 p. 231
80 Thomas Ford Let us with loud and cheerful voice pp. 227-228 pp. 220-221 pp. 116-117 pp. 214-215 pp. 232-233

Upright format, c. 333 x 220 mm. Physical descriptions of individual partbooks:

  • Mus. 56 (Cantus): 120 folios, paginated in 17th-century ink to p. 53, and thereafter intermittently in modern pencil; a second sequence of 17th-century ink pagination for the six-voice pieces commences with '1' at modern p. 123, and ends as '41' at modern p. 160. Collation: A6 (= pp.1-12) / B6 (pp. 13-24) / C6 (pp. 25-36) / D6 (pp. 37-48) / E6 (pp. 49-57, then unpaginated) / F6 (unpaginated) / G8 (unpaginated) / H6 (the first leaf unpaginated; then pp. 85-94) / I6 (pp. 95-106) / J6 (pp. 107-18) / K2 (= wholly blank leaves, pp. 119-22) / L6 (of which leaf L5 is excised; pp. 123-32) / M6 (pp. 133-44) / N6 (pp. 145-151, 151a-c, 152-3) / O6 (pp. 154-60, then unpaginated) / P6 (unpaginated) / Q6 (unpaginated) / R6 (unpaginated) / S6 (the first five leaves unpaginated, then pp. 208-9) / T4 (pp. 210-17) / U6 (pp. 218-29). Unused ruled staves on pp. 57-85, 87, 160-208 and 229; pp. 119-22 are wholly blank. Mid 17th-century binding of limp vellum, incribed 'Cantus' on the outside upper cover.
  • Mus. 57 (Quintus): 111 folios, paginated in 17th-century ink to p. 53, and thereafter intermittently in modern pencil; a second sequence of 17th-century ink pagination for the six-voice pieces commences with '1' at modern p. 105, and ends as '41' at modern p. 145. Collation: A6 (= pp.1-12) / B6 (pp. 13-24) / C6 (pp. 25-36) / D6 (pp. 37-48) / E6 (pp. 49-60) / F8 (the first 3 leaves unpaginated, then pp. 67-76); F8 is a cancel leaf pasted to a stub) / G6 (pp. 77-88) / H6 (pp. 89-100) / I2 (= wholly blank leaves, pp. 101-4) / J6 (pp. 105-16) / K6 (pp. 117-28) / L6 (of which leaf L6 is excised; pp. 129-38) / M6 (pp. 139-45, then unpaginated) / N6 (unpaginated) / O6 (unpaginated) / P6 (unpaginated) / Q6 (unpaginated) / R6 (the first leaf unpaginated, then pp. 201-10) / S6 (pp. 211-22). Unused ruled staves on pp. 57-67, 145-201 and 222; pp. 101-4 are wholly blank. Mid 17th-century binding of limp vellum, incribed 'Quintus' on the outside upper cover.
  • Mus. 58 (Sextus): 65 folios, paginated in 17th-century ink to 41, and thereafter intermittently in modern pencil. Collation: A6 (= pp.1-12) / B6 (pp. 13-24) / C6 (pp. 25-36) / D6 (pp. 37-45, then unpaginated) / E6 (unpaginated) / F6 (unpaginated) / G6 (unpaginated) / H6 (unpaginated) / I6 (of which leaf I2 is excised; unpaginated) / J6 (the first leaf unpaginated, then pp. 97-105) / K6 (pp. 106-18). Unused ruled staves on pp. 41-97 and 118. Mid 17th-century binding of limp vellum, incribed 'Sextus' on the outside upper cover.
  • Mus. 59 (Contratenor): 109 folios, paginated in 17th-century ink to p. 53, and thereafter intermittently in modern pencil; a second sequence of 17th-century ink pagination for the six-voice pieces commences with '1' at modern p. 111, and ends as '41' at modern p. 151. Collation: A6 (= pp.1-12) / B6 (pp. 13-24) / C4 (pp. 25-32) / D6 (of which leaf D5 is excised; pp. 33-42) / E6 (pp. 43-54) / F6 (pp. 55-9, then unpaginated) / G4 (the first 3 leaves unpaginated, then pp. 73-4) / H4 (pp. 75-82) / I6 (pp. 83-94) / J6 (pp. 95-106) / K2 (= wholly blank leaves, pp. 107-110) / L6 (pp. 111-22) / M4 (pp. 123-30) / N4 (pp. 131-8) / O6 (pp. 139-50) / P4 (p. 151, then unpaginated) / Q6 (unpaginated) / R6 (unpaginated) / S6 (unpaginated) / T6 (the first leaf unpaginated, then pp. 195-204) / U6 (pp. 205-16). Unused ruled staves on pp. 57-73, 151-95 and 216; pp. 107-10 are wholly blank. Mid 17th-century binding of limp vellum, incribed 'Contratenor' on the outside upper cover.
  • Mus. 60 (Tenor): 120 folios, paginated in 17th-century ink to p. 53, and thereafter intermittently in modern pencil; a second sequence of 17th-century ink pagination for the six-voice pieces commences with '1' at modern p. 121, and ends as '41' at modern p. 161. Collation: A6 (= pp.1-12) / B6 (of which leaf B6 is excised; pp. 13-22) / C6 (pp. 23-34) / D6 (pp. 35-46) / E6 (pp. 47-58) / F6 (unpaginated) / G8 (unpaginated) / H6 (of which leaf H2 is excised; pp. 83-92) / I6 (pp. 93-104) / J6 (pp. 105-16) / K2 (= wholly blank leaves, pp. 117-20) / L6 (pp. 121-32) / M6 (pp. 133-44) / N6 (pp. 145-56) / O6 (pp. 157-61, then unpaginated) / P6 (unpaginated) / Q6 (unpaginated) / R6 (unpaginated) / S6 (the first five leaves unpaginated, then pp. 213-14) / T6 (pp. 215-26) / U4 (pp. 227-34). Unused ruled staves on pp. 57-83, 161-213 and 234; pp. 117-20 are wholly blank. Mid 17th-century binding of limp vellum, incribed 'Tenor' on the outside upper cover.
Fragments of green ribbon ties at the fore-edges of all five volumes. Bookplate 2 in all five volumes. 19th-century shelfmarks: I.1.20-24.

Provenance: probably owned by the heirs of Sir Henry Fanshawe; then possibly part of the Hatton collection (on the grounds of the connections that exist between Mus. 56-60 and Mus. 61-6, q.v.). Acquired by Christ Church as part of the Aldrich bequest; listed in Archives 1717, position B5, as 'A Set of Anthems', qualified in Dowding (main hand) as being 'By Bull & Hooper M.S.'. A fuller description is given by Burney (f. 8r): 'Anthems & Hymns by Hooper, Wilkinson, Amner, Tho' Mattocks, Robt. Jones, Weelkes, T. Lupo, Warde, W. Symmes, Ravenscroft, Forde, Bennet, &c, a large Collection. MS. 5 Books.' One or more partbooks from this set may formerly have been shelved at position A5, giving rise to the following entry in Dowding (main hand): 'Anthems / By Bull & Hooper M.S.' (This is the only entry in Dowding that does not match an equivalent entry in Archives 1717.)

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 7.

Bibliography

  • John Aplin, 'Sir Henry Fanshawe and Two Sets of Early Seventeenth-Century Part-Books at Christ Church, Oxford', Music & Letters, 48 (1967), pp. 11-24. Find in a Library
  • Craig Monson, Voices and Viols in England, 1600-1650: The Sources and the Music (Ann Arbor, 1982), pp. 59-69. Find in a Library