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Mus. 78-82

Manuscript. Complete set of five partbooks, containing motets and madrigals by Alfonso Ferrabosco (i); English, late 16th century. The copyist, who is unidentified, was also responsible for London, British Library, Madrigal Society MSS G. 44-7 & 49. There are five discrete layers:

  • Layer 1: items 1-8 (motets in 'high clefs').
  • Layer 2: items 9-20 (multi-section motet).
  • Layer 3: items 21-40 (motets in 'low clefs'); no. 40 is a later addition.
  • Layer 4: item 41 (Lamentation).
  • Layer 5: items 42-87 (madrigals); no. 88 is a later addition.
The copyist numbered the pieces in two sequences, the first covering the motets (Layers 1-3), the second the madrigals (Layer 5). Most of the layers include pages of unused ruled staves headed by item-numbers, on which copying of additional pieces was evidently envisaged; thus, within the original numbering sequences, there are unused pages reserved for the copying of motets 9 and 22-4, and madrigal 11. Layer 4 ends with unused pages, as if for the addition of further Lamentations. Additional observations on copyists:
  • Item 40: apparently a later addition by the main copyist.
  • Item 41 (in Mus. 82, f. 43r): a substantial erratum change has been made by a second copyist, who is also unidentified.
  • Item 88: this is in a different hand, again unidentified.
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
The first column gives the modern numbering of the pieces; the second shows numbering used by the copyist(s).
 Mus. 78Mus. 79Mus. 80Mus. 81Mus. 82
1 1 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Da pacem Domine [I] ff. 1v-2r ff. 1v-2r ff. 1v-2r f. 1v ff. 1v-2r
2 2 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Mirabile mysterium ff. 2v-3r ff. 2v-3r ff. 2v-3r ff. 2v-3r ff. 2v-3r
3 3 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Peccata mea, Domine ff. 3v-4r ff. 3v-4r ff. 3v-4r ff. 3v-4r ff. 3v-4r
4 4 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ad Dominum cum tribularer ff. 4v-5r ff. 4v-5r ff. 4v-5r ff. 4v-5r ff. 4v-5r
5 5 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ingemuit Susanna ff. 5v-6r ff. 5v-6r ff. 5v-6r ff. 5v-6r ff. 5v-5*r
6 6 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Cantate Domino ff. 6v-7r ff. 6v-7r ff. 6v-7r ff. 6v-7r ff. 5*v-6r
7 7 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Quia beneplacitum est (secunda pars of no. 6 above) ff. 7v-8r ff. 7v-8r ff. 7v-8r ff. 7v-8r ff. 6v-7r
8 8 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Laboravi in gemitu meo f. 8v f. 8v f. 8v f. 8v f. 7v
9 10 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Benedic, anima mea, Domino (prima pars) f. 9v f. 9v f. 9v f. 9v f. 8v
10 11 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Extendens caelum (secunda pars of no. 9 above) f. 10r f. 10r f. 10r f. 10r  
11 12 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Qui fundasti terram (tertia pars of no. 9 above) ff. 10v-11r ff. 10v-11r ff. 10v-11r ff. 10v-11r ff. 9v-10r
12 13 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Qui emittis fontes (quarta pars of no. 9 above) ff. 11v-12r ff. 11v-12r ff. 11v-12r ff. 11v-12r ff. 10v-11r
13 14 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Rigans montes (quinta pars of no. 9 above)   ff. 12v-13r ff. 12v-13r ff. 12v-13r ff. 11v-12r
14 15 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Saturabuntur ligna campi (sexta pars of no. 9 above) ff. 13v-14r ff. 13v-14r ff. 13v-14r ff. 13v-14r ff. 12v-13r
15 16 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Posuisti tenebras (septima pars of no. 9 above) ff. 14v-15r ff. 14v-15r ff. 14v-15r ff. 14v-15r ff. 13v-14r
16 17 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Quam magnificata sunt (octava pars of no. 9 above)   ff. 15v-16r ff. 15v-16r ff. 15v-16r  
17 18 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Draco iste (nona pars of no. 9 above) ff. 16v-17r ff. 16v-17r ff. 16v-17r ff. 16v-17r ff. 15v-16r
18 19 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Emittes spiritum tuum (decima pars of no. 9 above) ff. 17v-18r ff. 17v-18r ff. 17v-18r ff. 17v-18r ff. 16v-17r
19 20 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Cantabo Domino (undecima pars of no. 9 above) ff. 18v-19r ff. 18v-19r ff. 18v-19r ff. 18v-19r ff. 17v-18r
20 21 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Miserere nostri, Domine (secunda pars of no. 30 below) f. 19v f. 19v f. 19v f. 19v f. 18v
21 25 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Heu mihi, Domine [I] ff. 22v-23r ff. 22v-23r ff. 22v-23r ff. 22v-23r ff. 21v-22r
22 26 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Tribulationem et dolorem inveni ff. 23v-24r ff. 23v-24r ff. 23v-24r ff. 23v-24r ff. 22v-23r
23 27 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Judica me, Domine (prima pars) ff. 24v-25r ff. 24v-25r ff. 24v-25r ff. 24v-25r ff. 23v-24r
24 28 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Vide humilitatem meam (secunda pars of no. 23 above) ff. 25v-26r ff. 25v-26r ff. 25v-26r ff. 25v-26r ff. 24v-25r
25 29 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Conserva me, Domine (prima pars) ff. 26v-27r ff. 26v-27r ff. 26v-27r ff. 26v-27r ff. 25v-26r
26 30 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Vias tuas, Domine (secunda pars of no. 25 above) ff. 27v-28r ff. 27v-28r ff. 27v-28r ff. 27v-28r ff. 26v-27r
27 31 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Sana me, Domine (prima pars) ff. 28v-29r ff. 28v-29r ff. 28v-29r ff. 28v-29r ff. 27v-28r
28 32 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ne derelinquas me, Domine (secunda pars of no. 27 above) ff. 29v-30r ff. 29v-30r ff. 29v-30r ff. 29v-30r ff. 28v-29r
29 33 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Musica laeta ff. 30v-31r ff. 30v-31r ff. 30v-31r ff. 30v-31r ff. 29v-30r
30 34 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ad te levavi oculos meos (prima pars; see no. 20 above) ff. 31v-32r ff. 31v-32r ff. 31v-32r ff. 31v-32r ff. 30v-31r
31 35 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Surge propera ... columba mea (prima pars) ff. 32v-33r ff. 32v-33r ff. 32v-33r ff. 32v-33r ff. 31v-32r
32 36 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Surge propera ... formosa mea (secunda pars of no. 31 above) ff. 33v-34r ff. 33v-34r ff. 33v-34r ff. 33v-34r ff. 32v-33r
33 37 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Peccantem me quotidie ff. 34v-35r ff. 34v-35r ff. 34v-35r ff. 34v-35r ff. 33v-34r
34 38 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Benedic, anima mea, Domino ff. 35v-36r ff. 35v-36r ff. 35v-36r ff. 35v-36r ff. 34v-35r
35 39 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Aurora diem nuntiat ff. 36v-37r ff. 36v-37r ff. 36v-37r ff. 36v-37r ff. 35v-36r
36 40 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ecce iam noctis ff. 37v-38r ff. 37v-38r ff. 37v-38r ff. 37v-38r ff. 36v-37r
37 41 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Domine, in virtute tua (prima pars) ff. 38v-39r ff. 38v-39r ff. 38v-39r ff. 38v-39r ff. 37v-38r
38 42 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Magna est gloria eius (secunda pars of no. 37 above) ff. 39v-40r ff. 39v-40r ff. 39v-40r ff. 39v-40r ff. 38v-39r
39 43 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Nuntium vobis fero ff. 40v-41r ff. 40v-41r ff. 40v-41r ff. 40v-41r ff. 39v-40r
40 44 Luca Marenzio Che se tu se'l cor mio f. 41v f. 41v f. 41v f. 41v f. 40v
41   Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Incipit Lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae [I] ff. 45r-47r ff. 45r-47r ff. 45r-47r ff. 45r-46r ff. 42r-44r
42 1 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Poichè lasso (prima parte) ff. 54v-55r ff. 55v-56r ff. 55v-56r ff. 53v-54r ff. 53v-54r
43 2 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ch'io sento ad hora (seconda parte of no. 42 above) ff. 55v-56r ff. 56v-57r ff. 56v-57r ff. 54v-55r ff. 54v-55r
44 3 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Come sola (terza parte of no. 42 above) ff. 56v-57r ff. 57v-58r ff. 57v-58r ff. 55v-56r  
45 4 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ove le luci giro (quarta parte of no. 42 above) ff. 57v-58r ff. 58v-59r ff. 58v-59r ff. 56v-57r ff. 56v-57r
46 5 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Io son ferito ff. 58v-59r ff. 59v-60r ff. 59v-60r ff. 57v-58r ff. 57v-58r
47 6 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Vidi pianger madonna (prima parte) ff. 59v-60r ff. 60v-61r ff. 60v-61r ff. 58v-59r ff. 58v-59r
48 7 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Come dal ciel (seconda parte of no. 47 above) ff. 60v-61r ff. 61v-62r ff. 61v-62r ff. 59v-60r ff. 59v-60r
49 8 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Tu dolce anima mia f. 61v f. 62v f. 62v f. 60v f. 60v
50 9 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Non ardo et son nel foco (prima parte) f. 62r f. 63r f. 63r f. 61r f. 61r
51 10 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Foco è'l mio cor (seconda parte of no. 50 above) f. 62v f. 63v f. 63v f. 61v f. 61v
52 12 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Cantai un tempo ff. 63v-64r ff. 64v-65r ff. 64v-65r ff. 62v-63r ff. 62v-63r
53 13 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Non ha tante f. 64v f. 65v f. 65v f. 63v f. 63v
54 14 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Chi per voi non sospira f. 65r f. 66r f. 66r f. 64r f. 64r
55 15 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Dolci ire (prima parte) ff. 65v-66r ff. 66v-67r ff. 66v-67r ff. 64v-65r ff. 64v-65r
56 16 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Forse anchor fia (seconda parte of no. 55 above) f. 66v f. 67v f. 67v f. 65v f. 65v
57 17 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Amor mi sprona f. 67r f. 68r f. 69r f. 66r f. 66r
58 18 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Deh non ponete fine ff. 67v-68r ff. 68v-69r ff. 69v-70r ff. 66v-67r ff. 66v-67r
59 19 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Dolci, mentre il ciel volse (prima parte) f. 68v f. 69v f. 70v f. 67v f. 67v
60 20 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Felice, ohime (seconda parte of no. 59 above) f. 68(bis)r f. 70r f. 71r f. 68r f. 68r
61 21 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Standomi un giorno (prima parte) ff. 68(bis)v-69r ff. 70v-71r ff. 71v-72r ff. 68v-69r ff. 68v-69r
62 22 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Indi per alto mar (seconda parte of no. 61 above) ff. 69v-70r ff. 71v-72r ff. 72v-73r ff. 69v-70r ff. 69v-70r
63 23 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) In un boschetto (terza parte of no. 61 above) ff. 70v-71r ff. 72v-73r ff. 73v-74r ff. 70v-71r ff. 70v-71r
64 24 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Chiara fontana (quarta parte of no. 61 above) ff. 71vv-72r ff. 73v-74r ff. 74v-75r ff. 71v-71(bis)r ff. 71v-72r
65 25 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Una strania phenice (quinta parte of no. 61 above) ff. 72v-73r ff. 74v-75r ff. 75v-76r ff. 71(bis)v-72r ff. 72v-73r
66 26 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Al fin vid'io (sesta parte of no. 61 above) ff. 73v-74r ff. 75v-76r ff. 76v-77r ff. 72v-73r ff. 73v-74r
67 27 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Hor che la notte ff. 74v-75r ff. 76v-77r ff. 77v-78r ff. 73v-74r ff. 74v-75r
68 28 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Se pur è ver f. 75v f. 77v f. 78v f. 74v f. 75v
69 29 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Mentre ti fui sì grato (prima parte) f. 76r f. 78r f. 79r f. 75r f. 76r
70 30 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Mentre ti fui sì cara (seconda parte of no. 69 above) ff. 76v-77r f. 78v f. 79v f. 75v f. 76v
71 31 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Hor pien d'alto desio (terza parte of no. 69 above) ff. 77v-78r f. 79r f. 80r f. 76r f. 77r
72 32 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Hor un laccio (quarta parte of no. 69 above) ff. 78v-79r f. 79v f. 80v ff. 76v-77r ff. 77v-78r
73 33 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Lasso donque che sia (quinta parte of no. 69 above) ff. 79v-80r f. 80r f. 81r f. 77v f. 78v
74 34 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Ben chè senza mentire (sesta parte of no. 69 above) ff. 80v-81r f. 80v f. 81v ff. 77v-78r f. 79r
75 35 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Vorrei lagnarmi a pieno (prima parte) ff. 81v-82r f. 81r f. 82r ff. 78v-79r f. 79v
76 36 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) S'io taccio (seconda parte of no. 75 above) ff. 82v-83r f. 81v f. 82v f. 79v f. 80r
77 37 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Perle, rubini et ostro ff. 83v-84r f. 82r f. 83r f. 80r f. 80v
78 38 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) O dolcissimo bacio ff. 84v-85r ff. 82v-83r f. 83v f. 80v f. 81r
79 39 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Già fu mai dolce speme ff. 85v-86r ff. 83v-84r f. 84r f. 81r f. 81v
80 40 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Voi volete ch'io moia ff. 86v-87r ff. 84v-85r ff. 84v-85r ff. 81v-82r ff. 81v-82r
81 41 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Cara la vita mia ff. 87v-88r ff. 85v-86r ff. 85v-86r ff. 82v-83r ff. 82v-83r
82 42 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Quant'io son infelice ff. 88v-89r ff. 86v-87r f. 86v ff. 83v-84r f. 83v
83 43 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Godea Tirsi gli amori ff. 89v-90r ff. 87v-88r f. 87r ff. 84v-85r f. 84r
84 44 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Chi ha cor da partire ff. 90v-91r f. 88v f. 87v f. 85r f. 84v
85 45 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) O crude pene mie ff. 91v-92r ff. 88v-89r ff. 87v-88r ff. 85v-86r f. 85r
86 46 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Non fingo f. 92v f. 89v f. 88v f. 86v f. 85v
87 47 Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) Donna, se voi m'odiate ff. 92v-93r f. 90r ff. 88v-89r f. 87r ff. 85v-86r
88     (Composing draft of the opening of a pavan, in score)     f. 94v    

Upright format, 280 x 215 mm. Foliation in modern pencil, with several errors; minor adjustments were made to the foliation system in March 2006, and will not be present in microfilms made before that date. Collation:

  • Mus. 78 (Cantus): Layer 1 = A4, B4 (= ff. 1-8); unused ruled staves on f. 1r. / Layer 2 = C4, D4, E4 (= ff. 9-20); unused ruled staves on ff. 9r, 12v, 13r, 15v, 16r and 20r-v. / Layer 3 = F4, G4, H4, I4, J4, K4 (= ff. 21-44); unused ruled staves on ff. 21r-22r and 42r-44v. / Layer 4 = L4, M2 (= ff. 45-50); unused ruled staves on ff. 47v-50v. / Layer 5 = N4 (= gathering of blank sheets, ff. 51-3 and 53a), then O4, P4, Q4, R4, S4, T4, U4, V4, W4, X4, Y2 (= ff. 54-68, 68bis, 69-93, unfoliated rear flyleaf); unused ruled staves on ff. 54r and 93r; f. 93v is wholly blank.
  • Mus. 79 (Altus): Layer 1 = A4, B4 (= ff. 1-8); unused ruled staves on f. 1r. / Layer 2 = C4, D4, E4 (= ff. 9-20); unused ruled staves on ff. 9r and 20r-v. / Layer 3 = F4, G4, H4, I4, J4, K4 (= ff. 21-44); unused ruled staves on ff. 21r-22r and 42r-44v. / Layer 4 = L4, M2 (= ff. 45-50); unused ruled staves on ff. 47v-50v. / Layer 5 = N4 (= gathering of blank sheets, ff. 51-4), then O4, P4, Q4, R4, S4, T4, U4, V4, W4, X4 (= ff. 55-94); unused ruled staves on ff. 55r, 64r and 90v-94v.
  • Mus. 80 (Quintus): Layer 1 = A4, B4 (= ff. 1-8); unused ruled staves on f. 1r. / Layer 2 = C4, D4, E4 (= ff. 9-20); unused ruled staves on ff. 9r and 20r-v. / Layer 3 = F4, G4, H4, I4, J4, K4 (= ff. 21-44); unused ruled staves on ff. 21r-22r and 42r-44v. / Layer 4 = L4, M2 (= ff. 45-50); unused ruled staves on ff. 47v-50v. / Layer 5 = N4 (= gathering of blank sheets, ff. 51-4), then O4, P4, Q4, R4, S4, T4, U4, V4, W4 (of which W2 is excised, and is now a stub), X4 (= ff. 55-67, [68 omitted from the foliation system, in error], 69-94); unused ruled staves on ff. 55r, 64r and 89v-94r.
  • Mus. 81 (Tenor): Layer 1 = A4, B4 (= ff. 1-8); unused ruled staves on ff. 1r and 2r. / Layer 2 = C4, D4, E4 (= ff. 9-20); unused ruled staves on ff. 9r and 20r-v. / Layer 3 = F4, G4, H4, I4, J4, K4 (= ff. 21-44); unused ruled staves on ff. 21r-22r and 42r-44v. / Layer 4 = L4, M2 (= ff. 45, 45bis-49); unused ruled staves on ff. 46v-49v. / Layer 5 = N4 (= gathering of blank sheets, unfoliated), then O4 (of which 04 is excised, and has been replaced by a separate leaf, now f. 56), P4, Q4, R4, S4, T4, U4, V4, W4 (of which W1 is excised, and is now a stub), X4 (= ff. 53-71, 71bis, 72-90); unused ruled staves on ff. 53r, 62r and 87v-90v.
  • Mus. 82 (Bassus): Layer 1 = A4, B4 (= ff. 1-5, 5*, 6-7); unused ruled staves on f. 1r. / Layer 2 = C4, D4, E4 (= ff. 8-19); unused ruled staves on ff. 8r, 9r, 14v-15r and 19r-v. / Layer 3 = F4, G4, H4, I4, J4, K2 (= ff. 20-41); unused ruled staves on ff. 20r-21r and 41r-v. / Layer 4 = L4 (of which L2 has been excised, with a replacement sheet pasted to the stub, now f. 43), M4 (= ff. 42-9); unused ruled staves on ff. 44v-49v. / Layer 5 = N4 (= gathering of blank sheets, ff. 50-51, 51*, 52), then O4, P4, Q4, R4, S4, T4, U4, V4, W4, X2 (= ff. 53-90); unused ruled staves on ff. 53r, 55v-56r, 62r and 86v-90v. The copyist has created alphabetical lists of the contents in the following places: (a) list of motets: on front flyleaves [iir-iiir]; (b) list of madrigals: on ff. 50r-v.
Gathering-numbers were written on the lower left-hand corner of the first page of each gathering; the majority of these were subsequently trimmed by the binder. All five partbooks are bound in late 16th-century bindings of limp vellum, gold-tooled with fillets enclosing elaborate central decorative panels. Stubs of green ribbon ties remain in place at the foredge heads and tails of the covers. The outside upper covers have been annotated in ink with part-names ('Cantus', etc.), and the uniform designation 'A:5'; the same information is written on the first flyleaf of each volume. Bookplate 2 in Mus. 78, 79 and 81 only. 19th-century shelfmarks: I.1.42-6.

Provenance uncertain; most likely from the Goodson bequest, less likely from the Aldrich bequest. Not listed in any of the 18th-century catalogues of the Christ Church music collections until Malchair (f. 5), where the set is described in the section devoted to the Goodson bequest, as follows: 'Five books vellum bound . the several / parts of some Lattin Mottetts'. (The absence of any composer's name in Malchair's description arises from the fact that there are no composer attributions in Mus. 78-82 itself.) There are no early shelfmarks in Mus. 78-82; this is more characteristic of Goodson-derived books than of material from the Aldrich bequest.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 8.

Bibliography:

  • Richard Charteris, 'The Motets of Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588)', The Consort, 38 (1982), pp. 445-60. Find in a Library
  • Richard Charteris, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588): A Thematic Catalogue of his Music with a Biographical Calendar (New York, 1984). Find in a Library
  • Jonathan Wainwright, Musical Patronage in Seventeenth-Century England: Christopher, First Baron Hatton (1606-1670) (Aldershot and Brookfield VT, 1997), p. 417. This incorrectly states that the copyist of Mus. 78-82 was also responsible for copying Mus. 463-7 and Mus. 1155-61. Despite superficial similarities of hand, the three sets were in fact copied by three different scribes. Find in a Library