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Mus. 618

Manuscript. Guardbook containing nine Oxford Act songs (odes), or material apparently related to such works, all probably by Richard Goodson Sr (in one case in collaboration with Henry Aldrich); autograph composing scores. English, late 17th and early 18th centuries. Material for each of the nine pieces represented here occupies a discrete fascicle or section within the manuscript, and probably had a separate existence before being bound into its current position. The collection was probably assembled into its current state only in the late 18th century, when the volume was bound as part of an uncompleted binding project intended to protect previously unbound items from the Aldrich and Goodson bequests. (For a list of other volumes in related bindings, see the entry for Mus. 3.)

Upright format, 387 x 247 mm. Late 18th-century binding of white parchment over boards, undecorated except for two parallel fillets at edges; spine in contrasting brown leather; at the centre of the outside upper cover, a black leather inset, tooled in gold: 'ACT SONGS / COMPOSED BY / RICHD. GOODSON SENR.'; on the spine, a red leather inset, tooled in gold: 'GOODSON'S / ACT SONGS'; also tooled number '1', matching this volume's partner Mus. 619 (= '2'). Bookplate 2 on inside upper cover. 19th-century shelfmark: I.8.19. Foliation is in modern pencil. Small adjustments to the foliation were made in August 1998, and will not be present on microfilms made before that date. Copies of these Act songs were subsequently made by Philip Hayes (London, Royal College of Music, MSS 221 and 222).

Provenance: all the items assembled here presumably derive from the Goodson bequest, together with the material now bound into the partner volume Mus. 619.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 26.

  • Mus. 618 (ff. 1-4): [Richard Goodson Sr], Oxford Act song 'Sacra musarum'. First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford; date unknown.
  • Mus. 618 (ff. 5-8): [Richard Goodson Sr], Oxford Act song 'Iam resurgit Divus', designated as 'The Second Song'. First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, in the reign of Charles II.
  • Mus. 618 (ff. 9-17): [Richard Goodson Sr], Oxford Act song 'Quis efficaci carmine'. First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, in the reign of William III.
  • Mus. 618 (ff. 18-25): [Richard Goodson Sr], Oxford Act song 'O cura divum'. First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford; date unknown.
  • Mus. 618 (ff. 26-35): [Richard Goodson Sr], Oxford Act song 'Janus, did ever to thy wond'ring eyes'. First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, in 1705.
  • Mus. 618 (ff. 36-42): Anon., [probably Henry Aldrich in association with Richard Goodson Sr], ode 'Carminum praeses'. First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, on 26 April 1706, on the Anniversary of the University of Frankfurt.
  • Mus. 618 (ff. 43-50): Anon., [probably Richard Goodson Sr, based partly on music by Henry Aldrich], ode 'Carminum praeses'. First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, in the early 1700s.
  • Mus. 618 (f. 51): Richard Goodson Sr, 'Overture', annotated as follows: 'by Richard Goodson Senr NB this overture was compos'd for a Act Song, set to music by Sampson Estwick parts of wch are in The Music School' [= Bodleian Library, Oxford].
  • Mus. 618 (ff. 52-5): Instrumental and vocal music in score, copied by Richard Goodson Sr, at least some it in composing score.

Bibliography

  • Tony A. Trowles, The Musical Ode in Britain c.1670-1800 (unpublished D.Phil. dissertation, University of Oxford, 1992). Find in a Library
  • Rebecca Herissone, 'Richard Goodson the Elder's Ode "Janus, did ever to thy sight?": Evidence of Compositional Procedures in the Early Eighteenth Century', Music & Letters, 79 (1998), 167-89. Find in a Library
This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Richard Goodson Sr.