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MUSICAL LIBRARIES.
 

an extensive collection of exercises for the University musical degrees will be gradually accumulated.

c. Trinity College. The library contains a small collection of musical works and treatises, including copies of the 'Psalterium Carolinum' of J. Wilson (1652); Locke's 'Present Practice of Music Vindicated' (1673); Carr's 'Vinculura Societatis' (1687); 4 volumes of Zarlino's works (1589), and early editions of the works of Byrd, Watson, Morley, Playford, Bannister, Wilson, Gamble, Lawes, Mace, etc. [App. p.723 "Trinity College Library contains a vellum roll of Early English carols, dating from the 15th century. Amongst these is a copy of the Agincourt song."]

d. Magdalene College. The Pepysian library contains a few early works on music by Butler, Holder, Morelli, Victorini, Wallis and Alstedius; valuable MS. collections of vocal music of the time of Edward IV and Henry VII (containing compositions by Joseph Guinneth and Robert Davis; and a volume which belonged to Henry VIII when he was Prince of Wales); English, French, Scotch and Latin psalters; an opera by Grabu ('Albion and Albianus'); compositions by Blome, de Bacilly, Kircher, Mersenne, Morley, Salmon, Deering, Merbeck, Coperario, Lawes, King, Purcell, and Finger; ballads, songs, and other compositions adjusted to the compass of Mr. Pepys' voice, and solos, duets, and trios for stringed and wind instruments, which seem to show that he carried out his resolution to 'practice wind-musique, and to make my wife do the like.'

e. St. Peter's College. In the college library is a valuable collection of MS. anthems, services, masses, motets, etc., both Latin and English, in separate part-books. The anthems and services are by composers of the early 17th century, and were probably collected when Dr. Cosin was Master of Peterhouse (1634–1660). They are in various handwritings and contain some autograph compositions by Cambridge organists of the period. The masses and motets (in four partbooks) date from the early part of the 16th century and contain many rare and valuable compositions of the time of Henry VII and Henry VIII, including 4 masses by Fayrfax, a Stabat Mater by Hunt, 3 masses by Ludford, and 11 compositions by Taverner. The collection contains works by upwards of 80 different musicians, as well as many anonymous compositions. There is a MS. catalogue compiled by the Rev. Dr. Jebb. [App. p.723 "The Catalogue of the Peterhouse MSS. by Dr. Jebb has been printed."]

Canterbury. The Cathedral library contains a number of volumes of music and works on music, including an incomplete copy of the contra-tenor cantoris of Barnard's Church Music (1641).

Chester. The Cathedral library contains a good collection of modern church music.

Dublin. a. Royal Irish Academy of Music. This society possesses a good library of scores and orchestral parts of the works of the great composers. It also includes the library of the long defunct 'Antient Concerts.'

b. The library of Christ Church Cathedral contains valuable MS. copies of anthems and services by Purcell, Child, Battishill and others, which are said to differ greatly from those printed in England during the last fifty years.

Durham. The Cathedral library contains a few books of glees and catches of the early 18th century, and some long disused MS. anthems and services formerly performed in the Cathedral. [App. p.723 "The old MSS. in Durham Cathedral have been recently carefully collated and indexed by the present organist. They consist of four sets of books, all unfortunately imperfect. The old set contains about 40 full and 50 verse anthems by Tallis, White, Parsons, Hooper, Morley, Weelkes, Byrd, Batten, Giles, Tomkins, East, Gibbons, etc. The second set is rich in anthems and services for men's voices only. The third consists of eight out of ten magnificent folio volumes containing Preces and Psalms for special days by Byrd, Gibbons, William and Edward Smith; and services by Shepherd, Parsons, Batten, and others. The fourth set consists of organ parts of practically all the anthems and services used in the Cathedral from Tallis to Purcell."]

Edinburgh. a. The library of musical works belonging to the chair of music in the University of Edinburgh was formed from the collections of the late Professor of Music (Donaldson) and the present (Sir Herbert Oakeley), and bequests from Signor Bucher, General Reid and others. There are some 750 works on music, comprising standard theoretical treatises; rare old copies of the works of Boethius, Morley, Zarlino and Praetorius; and a remarkable MS. copy of a Kyrie and Gloria in 48 real parts by Gregorio Balabene. Perhaps the rarest MS. is the original autograph copy of the great B minor Prelude and Fugue for organ (Peters' edition, vol. 2, no. 10) by Sebastian Bach, which belongs to Sir H. Oakeley. This library also possesses most of the compositions of the great masters, including orchestral scores, and a unique collection of musical instruments and of acoustical apparatus.

b. The Advocate's library, in common with the British Museum, Bodleian, Cambridge and Dublin libraries, receives under the copyright act copies of all music entered at Stationers' Hall. The volumes of bound music in this library number about 500, each volume containing from 15 to 20 pieces. There are also a few volumes of MSS. and other music of no great rarity or value.

Ely. [See vol. i. p. 487b.]

Glasgow. The Euing library. This library was collected by the late W. Euing, Esq., of Glasgow, and bequeathed by him to Anderson's College, where it is now preserved. It is a large and valuable collection, particularly rich in treatises and histories of music. The catalogue, which was prepared and printed in accordance with Mr. Euing's will, contains 256 pages, 140 of which are filled with the list of treatises, essays, etc. These form the nucleus of the collection, and comprise the treatises accumulated by the late Dr. Rimbault. Amongst the ancient music in this collection the following works may be mentioned: early editions of Byrd's Psalms, etc.; the Corale Constantini (1550–57); Faber's Melodiae Prudentianae (1533); 3 volumes of Frescobaldi's works; Nicolas de la Grotte's Chansons (1575); 47 volumes of Praetorius's works (1607–1618); 9 volumes of J. de Wert's works (1583–1589); and a valuable and extensive collection of English psalters and hymnbooks.

Gloucester. The Cathedral library possesses several old choir books containing unpublished anthems by Rogers, Tye, Wise, Blackwell, Turner, Pickhaver, Henstridge, Davies, Jefferies, Portman, Parsons, etc., unfortunately wanting several of the parts; a complete full service (in F), and two anthems in MS. by Fortunato Santini; a full MS. score of Boyce's anthem 'Blessed is he that considereth'; a few leaves of illuminated MS. music, and some printed and MS. church music of the 17th century.