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Mus. 614

Manuscript. Contrafacta and other adaptations by Henry Aldrich, copied in score by John Church; English, early 18th century. Evidently a partner volume to Mus. 50.

The contents are arranged in two sequences:

  • items 1-11: verse anthems;
  • items 12-24: full anthems.

Table of titles and composers as shown in the manuscript. Display in modern form.

1 [Orlando Gibbons, arr. Henry Aldrich] Blessed is the man [= Glorious and powerful God] pp. 1-8
2 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi?] God is our refuge pp. 9-16
3 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi?] O how amiable pp. 17-24
4 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi] Hast thee O Lord my God [= O dulcissimum Mariae nomen + final chorus of Jephte] pp. 25-31
5 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi] O Lord I will praise thee [derived from Laudemus virum gloriosum + Dicite nobis] pp. 31-41
6 [Michael Wise, arr. Henry Aldrich] Thy beauty O Israel [= How are the mighty fallen] pp. 42-51
7 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi] For Sion's sake [derived from Egredimini caelestes curiae + Suscitavit Dominus + Annunciate gentes] pp. 52-62
8 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi?] O pray for the peace of Jerusalem pp. 63-72
9 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi] I am well pleas'd [= Praevaluerunt in nos inimici + Vidi impium superexaltatum] pp. 73-86
10 [Henry Aldrich, after Carissimi?] Behold in Heavn on the right hand pp. 87-97
11 [John Bull, arr. Henry Aldrich] O Lord my God [= Almighty God, who by the leading] pp. 98-107
12 [Henry Aldrich, after an unidentified model] All people that on earth do dwell *1 - *4
13 [Richard Farrant, arr. Henry Aldrich] Call to remembrance *4 - *7
14 [Richard Farrant, arr. Henry Aldrich] Hide not thou thy face from us *8 - *10
15 [Henry Aldrich, after an unidentified model] By the waters of Babylon *11 - *14
16 [Henry Aldrich, after Palestrina] Why art Thou so vexed (= Ave Maria) *15 - *18
17 [Henry Aldrich, after Palestrina] My heart is fixt [= Nos autem gloriari] *19 - *23
18 [Henry Aldrich, after Palestrina] Hold not thy tongue [= Nativitas tua] *24 - *27
19 [Henry Aldrich, after Palestrina] O God the King of glory [= O rex gloriae] *28 - *32
20 [Henry Aldrich, after Palestrina] The eye of the Lord [= Jesus junxit se] *32 - *36
21 [Henry Aldrich, after Palestrina] We have heard with our ears [= Doctor bonus] *37 - *43
22 [Henry Aldrich, after Tallis] I look for the Lord [from Absterge Domine] *44 - *49
23 [Henry Aldrich, after Byrd] Be not wroth [= Civitas sancti tui] *50 - *55
24 [Henry Aldrich, after William Mundy] O Lord I bow the knees *56 - *61

Upright format, 333 x 207 mm. 24 gatherings, each of 2 nested bifolios (= 4 folios); 96 folios in total. Of these, gatherings 1 and 24 were used as endleaves or pastedowns, and are unpaginated; Church's index to the volume is written on f.[4r]. The remaining gatherings are arranged as follows:

  • Gatherings 2-15: assigned signatures A-O by Church, and paginated 1-112.
  • Gatherings 16-23: assigned signatures A-H by Church, and paginated 1-64. This second sequence of pagination is now distinguished from the first by prefixed asterisks, *1-*64. (Asterisks were added to these pages in 1990, and will not be present in microfilms made before that date.)

Unused ruled staves on pp. 108-112 and *62-64. Contemporary binding of dark blue leather over boards, gold tooled with fillets and small ornaments on the upper and lower covers and spine. Bookplate 2. 19th-century shelfmark: I.8.15

Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest, listed in Dowding (main hand) at position P6 as 'A Vol. of 11 Verse & 13 full Anthems / of Dr Aldrich fairly wrote'. The shelfmark 'P.6' has been written by Hind on the front flyleaf of the volume.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 25.

For a full list of manuscripts at Christ Church copied by John Church, see the entry for Mus. 50.


Robert Shay (ed.), Henry Aldrich: Selected Anthems and Motet Recompositions, Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, 85 (Madison, 1998): includes editions of items 5, 7, 9, 17, 21 and 23. Find in a Library