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Mus. 619 (ff. 20-27)

Manuscript. Anon., [probably Sampson Estwick or Henry Aldrich (after Carissimi)], Oxford Act song 'Dum mosa torpet'; score, copied partly by Charles Husbands Jr, with contributions (words and music) on ff. 24v-25 by Sampson Estwick. According to Husbands's annotation on f. 20r, 'Act Song for .[17]93. Britannia. By Mr [Anthony] Alsop' [author of text]; further annotation on f. 20r in an unidentified 18th-century hand: 'and supposed to be adapted to music of Carissimi'. According to Trowles (ii, p. 13), 'Words (considerably adapted) by [Anthony] Alsop, selected from 'Britannia' published in Theatri Oxoniensis Encaena, sive Comitia Philologica (Oxford, 1693). First performed at the Sheldonan Theatre, [Oxford,] July 1693'. Instrumental parts: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Mus. Sch. C. 121.

Four adjacent leaves, the first three of which are folded in half to form bifolios, and mounted on guards with the edges further folded in vertically; the fourth leaf is also folded centrally (ff. 26-7), but is sewn directly into the volume, with the edge of f. 26 further folded in vertically. Calculated as leaves, the format is oblong, 487 x 375 mm. Unused ruled staves on ff. 26v-27v. Now bound into Mus. 619, a late 18th-century guardbook bound in white parchment over boards.

Provenance: almost certainly from the Goodson bequest, together with the other contents of Mus. 619.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 26.


Tony A. Trowles, The Musical Ode in Britain c.1670-1800 (unpublished D.Phil. dissertation, University of Oxford, 1992). Find in a Library

For a list of other items at Christ Church associated with Sampson Estwick, see the entry for Mus. 1142b (f. 51).