The Viola da Gamba Society Index of Manuscripts Containing Consort Music. Vol. 2

Jo Wainwright, Andrew Ashbee, Robert Thompson

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This volume – the second of a proposed 5-volume series (volume 1 was published in 2001 and was awarded the C. B. Oldman Prize for an Outstanding Work of Music Bibliography by the International Association of Music Libraries 2001 – is an outgrowth of The Viola da Gamba Society Thematic Index of Music for Viols, 1980–92 (and continuing), a renowned scholarly resource originally compiled by Gordon Dodd and now overseen by the three editors of this series. Whilst the Thematic Index is composer-based, these volume initiate a companion project to catalogue manuscripts containing consort music. The editors are all highly experienced in the field and have newly examined all sources. Volume 2 features 45 MSS whose copyists or owners are known: Bing, Browne, Falle, Roberts, St Barbe, Withy. As well as a detailed inventory of every book (with anonymous work identified where possible), the descriptions include information on date, size, binding, paper, rastra, watermarks, collations, scripts, inscriptions and provenance, together with bibliographical references. Notes on the owners and copyists are provided. Of particular importance is the inclusion of facsimiles of all hands. Also included is a comprehensive study and illustration of watermarks (serving for the whole series). This new and comprehensive study will be an invaluable tool for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAldershot
Number of pages424
ISBN (Print)978 0 7546 5866 5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Volume 1 published in 2001

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