Mus. 618 (ff. 18-25)
Manuscript. [Richard Goodson Sr], Oxford Act song 'O cura divum'; autograph composing score. Annotation on f. 18 (front cover) in an unidentified 18th-century hand: 'Act Song Composed for the Theatre By Richard Goodson Senr Professor of Musick &c'. According to Trowles (ii., p. 76),'author [of text] unknown ... First performed at the Sheldonian Theatre, date unknown'. Vocal parts for this work: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Mus. Sch. C. 130. For another copy of the work, see London, Royal College of Music, MS 222, pp. 51-68 (copied by Philip Hayes).
Upright format, 373 x 235 mm. Single gathering of four nested bifolios (= 8 folios). Unused ruled staves on ff. 18v-19r and 25v. Now bound into Mus. 618, a late 18th-century guardbook bound in white parchment over boards.
Provenance: from the Goodson bequest, listed in Clement 1747 as 'O Cura Divum M.S in Score No 28'; Clement's number label '28' is pasted to the titlepage (f. 18r). Clement's entry probably refers to the uppermost layer of a pile of unbound Oxford Act songs by Goodson Sr, now distributed between Mus. 618 and Mus. 619.
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 26.
BibliographyTony A. Trowles, The Musical Ode in Britain c.1670-1800 (unpublished D.Phil. dissertation, University of Oxford, 1992).
This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Richard Goodson Sr.