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Mus. 9

Manuscript. Church music and motets copied in score by Henry Aldrich; English, late 17th or early 18th century. View an image of Mus. 9, f. 12v. This is one of the many music manuscripts at Christ Church copied by Henry Aldrich. An unidentified hand added the fragment on ff. 78v-r.

Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.

1 (spuriously attributed to 'Mr Tallis') Preces f. 1r
2   Tone in G for festal psalm f. 1v
3 Thomas Tallis Second Responses ff. 1v-2r
4 Thomas Tallis, adapted by Henry Aldrich Litany ff. 2v-4r
5 Thomas Tallis Short Service: Te Deum (inc.) f. 5v
6 Giacomo Carissimi Ecce nos reliquimus omnia ff. 7r-10r
7 Giacomo Carissimi Euge serve bone ff. 10r-v
8 Giacomo Carissimi Si linguis hominum ff. 11r-14r
9   O give thanks unto the Lord and call (treble part, inc.) ff. 78v-r

Upright format, 387 x 250 mm. 78 folios. Foliation is modern; ff. 1-15 were foliated in the early 20th century; the remainder of the volume was foliated in October 2003. Unused ruled staves on ff. 4v-5r, 6r-v, and 14v-77v. Gathering structure: originally in regular gatherings each of three nested bifolios (= 6 folios); there is evidence of sheets of unused ruled staves having been excised, for example after f. 26. Late 17th- or early 18th-century binding of thick card, crudely half bound in white vellum. Bookplate 2. 19th-century shelfmark: H.1.9.

Provenance: presumably from the Aldrich bequest. The earliest explicit reference to this volume in the 18th-century catalogues is in Malchair, where it is included among a batch of volumes kept together within an alphabetical sequence A-Q; Mus. 9 is listed (f. 3r) as 'C The Preces - Litany - Te Deum et caet'. This sequence of volumes appears to be the one summarily listed by Hind (in Dowding) as '18 Vols. of Musick, chiefly M.S. mark'd on the Backs, A. B. C. C.2. [etc]'; Hind gives no further details of their contents. The reference letter 'C' is not visible on Mus. 9 itself, but may be concealed under a later number-label.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 2.


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