Manuscript music collected by Thomas Gray, ca. 1740
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- Manuscript music collected by Thomas Gray, ca. 1740
- Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Manuscripts, in Thomas Gray's hand and others', of musical transcriptions in score, primarily selections from operas heard in Italy and London. On the outside of each volume is written the names of the composers whose works it contains. Inside each front cover is an index of the volume's contents, in Gray's hand, including names of characters and performers. Some of the volumes contain music and words also copied in his hand; he also makes annotations throughout the volumes, noting the schools of the composers and the names of the operas and other compositions from which these selections have been made
Vol. 1 contains 25 arias by Johann Adolf Hasse, from the operas Allessandro nell'Indie; La clemenza di Tito; Demetrio; Issipile; Artaserse; and Siroe re di Persia. On the cover is written: "Arie del Sig: r / G: Adolfo Hasse / detto / Il Sasone. / Firenze. / 1740".
Vol. 2 contains 24 pieces for voice and strings by Hasse, including arias, duets, and a trio, excerpted from the operas Catone; Issipile; Siroe; Tito; and Artaserse. Written on spine: Hasse
Vol. 3 contains 35 pieces. These include 28 arias; 1 duet, and 3 minuets from operas by Leonardo Vinci, including Artaserse; Alessandro; Andromaca; Catone; Demofounte; and Semiramide. The volume also contains a Cantata per una voce by Vinci; Cantata per una voce by Giovanni Pergolesi; Toccata per il cembalo, Aria, and Minuet by Hasse; an aria, minuet, and arietta by Gaetano Latilla's Siroe; an aria by Giovanni Giai; a minuet by Giacomelli; and an arietta by David Perez. On the cover is written: "Arie del Sigr / Lionardo Vinci. / Napoletano / Firenze. / 1740." Written on spine: Vinci
Vol. 4 contains 30 pieces comprising Leonardo Vinci's cantata titled La Contessa de numi. Inside the front cover is an index of sinfonias and arias in Gray's hand, and a note, signed by H[enry] E[dward] K[rehbiel], which reads: "this is plainly the cantata "La Contessa de'Numi" / composed by V. 1729 to / words of Metastasio to / celebrate the birth of the dauphin". A further notation in Krehbiel's hand reads: "(autograph of Vincj)". On f.126v is an autograph in pencil: "R Bright August 27.th of the month 1819". Written on spine: Vinci
Vol. 5 contains 18 songs by Leonardo Leo, including motets; arias from the operas Achille; Artaserse; Ciro Riconosciuto; Olimpiade; and 2 duets from Olimpiade. Written on spine: "Leo."
Vol. 6 contains 24 pieces by Michele Fini, including arias and duets from Issipile; Siroe; Didone; Alessandro; Tito Manlio; Rodelinda; Farnace; and Temistocle. At the beginning of the manuscript is a treatise on musical accompaniment titled "Regole per l'accompagnamento" in Gray's hand, which includes musical examples. The collection also includes 8 anonymous keyboard pieces. Written on spine: Fini
Vol. 7 contains 11 vocal pieces. Ten are by Pergolesi, consisting of 5 arias, 3 duets from Catone and Olimpiade; and Stabat Mater. The remaining piece is by Leonardo Vinci. Written on spine: Pergolesi
Vol. 8 contains 25 arias by various composers. These include 3 arias from Giovanni Orlandini's Olimpiade; and a Trio from his Temistocle; 3 arias by Francesco Araia; an aria and duet by Giai; an aria from Domenico Sarro's Achille; 9 arias by Pergolesi; and 4 arias and 2 duets by Hasse. An autograph appears on the verso of front flyleaf: "E Bright May 22.nd / 1819"; another autograph appears inside the back cover, in pencil: "Rev.d John Bright / Grafton / Northamptonshire". Written on spine: "Hasse / Pergolesi / Sarro / Giaii / Orlandini Orlandini". Written on front cover: "Arie di G: pe Orlandini, Fiorentino. / Franco: co Araja. / Dom: Sarri. Napoletani / G: B: Pergolesi. / Ant: Giaii. Turinese. / & / Giov: Ad: fo Hasse, Sa ssone. / Firenze 1740". Written on spine: Hasse. Pergolesi. Sarro. Giaii. Araia. Orlandini
Vol. 9 contains 35 songs by Carlo Arrigoni, Andrea Bernasconi, Riccardo Broschi, Rinaldo di Capua, Michele Fini, Baldassare Galuppi, G. Baptista Lampagnani, Gaetano Latilla, Celestino Ligi, Antonio Mazzoni, Giovanni Orlandini, Gaetano Schiassi, Seletti, and Dionigi Zamperelli. Written on cover: "Arie di / G B: ta Lampognani / Andrea Bernascone / Rinaldo di Capua / Gaetano Latilla Napoletane / Michel Fini / Gaetano Schiassi Bolognese / & altri Autori". Written on spine: Bernasconi. Lampagnani. Fini. Rinaldo di Capua. Latilla. Schiassi
Vol. 10 contains 18 pieces of music by Handel, Pergolesi, Hasse, Giai, Domenico Sarro, Nicola Porpora, and others. These works are preceded by two pages explaining a system of musical notation using Arabic numbers, written in Italian in Gray's hand. The volume contains both Italian and English paper, and many of the works are incomplete. The arias from Ifigenia in Tauri conjectural attribution to composer Domenico Scarlatti
Vol. 11 is a collection of 36 pages of musical scores. They include a liturgical text set to medieval notation, underneath which the music is notated in modern musical notation; and a score taken from the 4-part book of Claude le Jeune, 1641. Accompanying these papers is a note which declares, "These miscellaneous papers are all 19th century."
All volumes are bound in full parchment.
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- 11 various sizes volumes ;
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- Quarto 532 MS
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Early works to 1800
- Resource Type
- Subject (Geographic)
- Subject (Name)
Araja, Francesco, 1709-
Arrigoni, Carlo, 1697-1744.
Bernasconi, Andrea, 1706-1784.
Broschi, Riccardo, approximately 1698-1756.
Capece, Carlo Sigismondo, 1652-1728.
Celestino, Eligio, 1739-1812.
Fini, Michele, 1708-1752.
Galuppi, Baldassare, 1706-1785.
Giai, Giovanni Antonio, 1690-1764.
Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771.
Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759.
Hasse, Johann Adolf, 1699-1783.
Lampugnani, Giovanni Battista, 1706-approximately 1786.
Latilla, Gaetano, 1711-1788.
Leo, Leonardo, 1694-1744.
Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739.
Mazzoni, Antonio, 1717-1785.
Milton, John, 1608-1674.
Orlandini, Giuseppe Maria, 1676-1760.
Ottoboni, Pietro, 1667-1740.
Pasquini, Bernardo, 1637-1710.
Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista, 1710-1736.
Rinaldo, da Capua, approximately 1710-approximately 1780.
Sarro, Domenico, 1679-1744.
Scarlatti, Domenico, 1685-1757.
Schiassi, Gaetano Maria, 1698-1754.
Sellitto, Giuseppe, 1700-1777.
Vinci, Leonardo, -1730.
- Subject (Topic)
Keyboard instrument music
Araja, Francesco, 1709-
Arrigoni, Carlo, 1697-1744
Bernasconi, Andrea, 1706-1784
Broschi, Riccardo, approximately 1698-1756
Capece, Carlo Sigismondo, 1652-1728
Celestino, Eligio, 1739-1812
Fini, Michele, 1708-1752
Galuppi, Baldassare, 1706-1785
Giai, Giovanni Antonio, 1690-1764
Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759
Hasse, Johann Adolf, 1699-1783
Lampugnani, Giovanni Battista, 1706-approximately 1786
Latilla, Gaetano, 1711-1788
Leo, Leonardo, 1694-1744
Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739
Mazzoni, Antonio, 1717-1785
Milton, John, 1608-1674
Orlandini, Giuseppe Maria, 1676-1760
Ottoboni, Pietro, 1667-1740
Pasquini, Bernardo, 1637-1710
Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista, 1710-1736
Rinaldo, da Capua, approximately 1710-approximately 1780
Sarro, Domenico, 1679-1744
Scarlatti, Domenico, 1685-1757
Schiassi, Gaetano Maria, 1698-1754
Sellitto, Giuseppe, 1700-1777
Vinci, Leonardo, -1730
Keyboard instrument music > 18th century
Musical accompaniment > Early works to 1800
Operas > Excerpts > Scores
Opera > Italy > 18th century
Vocal music > Italy > 18th century
Bangs, Francis > Ownership
Bright, E. > Autograph
Bright, John > Autograph
Bright, Richard > Autograph
Cary, Annie Louise > Ownership
Frederickson, Charles W. > Ownership
Krehbiel, Henry Edward, 1854-1923 > Ownership
Mason, William > Ownership
Stenhewer, Richard > Ownership
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