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Mus. 619 (ff. 6-11)

Henry Aldrich (after Carissimi), Oxford Act song 'Jam satis somno', autograph full score with revisions, plus cancels copied probably by Richard Goodson Sr. Annotation in Aldrich's hand on f. 7r: 'For the Act. 1679'. Annotation on cover sheet (f. 6r) in an unidentified 18th-century hand: 'Act Song adapted by Dr Aldrich probably to music of Carissimi except the Instrumental pieces'. According to Trowles (ii, p. 11): 'author [of text] unknown ... First performed [at the Sheldonian Theatre] July 1679'.

Upright format, 377 x 240 mm. Five sheets; collation uncertain because of the tightness of the binding. Cancels and insertions: f. 8* (stitched to lower part of f. 8v), copied probably by Richard Goodson Sr; f. 9* (stitched at r.h. edge of f. 9v), copied probably by Richard Goodson Sr; f. 11* (strip stitched and pasted to bottom of f. 11r), copied probably by Richard Goodson Sr. Unused ruled staves on ff. 6r-v (other than the annotation). 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  • Tony A. Trowles, The Musical Ode in Britain c.1670-1800 (unpublished D.Phil.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
  • Robert Shay, '"Naturalizing" Palestrina and Carissimi in Late Seventeenth-Century Oxford: Henry Aldrich and his Recompositions', Music and Letters, 77 (1996), 368-400. Find in a Library
This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Henry Aldrich.