Lyra Viol Source List

A list of all known sources with music for lyra viol and other music for viol in tablature
by Joëlle Morton

This work, compiled by Joëlle Morton with the help of Polly Sussex, lists all printed and manuscript sources that include music for the English lyra viol, as well as other music written for viola da gamba in French-English tablature. It records more than 20 printed and more than 100 manuscript sources. It will include bibliographical information and indexes of authors, scordaturas, ornamentation signs and other symbols found in each source. In particular, it aims to provide links to facsimiles available online to enable everyone to consult the sources directly. The version published here represents a first draft that will be completed over time.

 

Printed Sources

21 sources, in chronological order

  • Jones, Robert, The Second Book of Songs and Ayres | Set Out to the Lute, the Base Violl | the playne way, or the Base by tablature after the leero fashion, London, 1601
    Facsimile edition: Scolar Press, A Collection of Facsimile Reprints #7, 1971
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
    Index: Included in the published editions by PRB Productions, 2012, and Green Man Press, 2005.
    Content: 21 English songs
    Scoring: for cantus (medium high voice) and bassus (bass voice), with any combination of a 7-course lute, lyra viol and bass viol in normal tuning as accompaniment options.
    Layout: All songs notated on 2 facing pages: on the left page the treble voice part with lute part in tablature, on the right page the bass voice part (with text underlaid), and the lyra viol part in tablature (“The tablature Base”).
    Tuning: fefhf, with top string tuned to e’
  • Robinson, Thomas, The Schoole of Musicke wherein is taught, the perfect method, of true fingering of the lute, pandora, orpharion, and viol de gamba, London, 1603
    Facsimile edition: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1973
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
    Content: 5 short exercises and 8 psalm songs, in the section Rules to instruct you to Sing, fol. Nv-Ov.
    Scoring: The pieces, written both in staff notation and in tablature, are for voice and lyra viol unison, the viol is used for pitch guidance while learning to sing. The voice parts are without text; the ranges are for soprano, alto and bass (clefs: G2, C1, C3, F4).
    Tunings: ffeff, with top string tuned to d’ and to g’.
    Symbols: Fingerings are notated throughout. No ornament signs, no slurs, no holds.
  • Hume, Tobias, The First Part of Ayres, French, Pollish, and others together, some in Tabliture, and some in Pricke-Song; With Pavines, Galliards, and Almaines for the Viole de Gambo alone, and other Musicall Conceites for two Base Viols, expressing five partes, with pleasant reports one from the other, and for two Leero Viols, and also for the Leero Viole with two Treble Viols, or two with one Treble. Lastly for the Leero Viole to play alone, and some Songes to bee sung to the Viole, with the Lute, Also an Invention for two to play upon one Viole. London, 1605
    Facsimile edition: Hebden Bridge, Ruxbury Publications, 2002
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
    Content: 125 pieces.
    Scoring: 63 pieces for solo lyra viol; 5 pieces for voice (different ranges) and lyra viol; 4 pieces for 2 lyra viols; 1 piece for a treble instrument and lyra viol; 1 piece for 3 lyra viols (2 treble viols and 1 bass viol or 1 treble viol and 2 bass viols); 1 piece for 2 players on 1 lyra viol. In addition to the pieces in tablature, the volume contains 36 pieces for solo viol in staff notation.
    Tunings: ffeff, ffefh, fefhf (“Bandora set”). Hume does not verbally address the tuning for the viol, but from the ensemble pieces with parts written in staff notation, it can be inferred that the pitch of the first string is sometimes d’ (bass viol) and sometimes g’ (tenor viol). 2 of the vocal pieces (Soldiers Song and Fain Would I change that note) require a g-tuned instrument, while the 3 others (Tobacco, What greater grief and Alas poor men) require a D-tuned instrument. Piece #108, a trio for 3 lyra viols all tuned in bandora set, requires ‘trebles’ for at least one, if not both of the top parts. In order to work, all 3 instruments must be tuned to the same nominal pitches, probably in D.
    Notes:  Tobias Hume uses the term “Leero Viole” only for parts with scordatura.
  • Hume, Tobias, Captaine Hume’s Poeticall Musicke. Principally made for two Basse-Viols, yet so contrived, that it may be plaied 8, several waies upon sundry Instruments with  much facilitie.
    1 The first way or musicke is for one Bass-Viole to play alone in parts. Which standeth always on the right side of this Booke.
    2 The second musicke is for two Basse-Viols to play together.
    3 The third musicke, for three Basse-Viols to play together.
    4 The fourth musicke. For two Tenor Viols and a Basse-Viole.
    5 The fift musicke. For two Lutes and a Basse-Viole.
    6 The sixt musicke for two Orpherions and a Basse-Viole.
    7 The seventh musicke. To use the voice to some of these musicks, but especially to the three Basse-Viols, or to the two Orpherions with one Basse-Viole to play the ground.
    8 The eight and last musicke, is consorting all these Instruments together with the Virginals, or rather with a winde Instrument and the voice
    London, 1607
    Facsimile edition: Hebden Bridge, Ruxbury Publications, 2004
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
    Content: 25 pieces, of which 22 instrumental and 3 vocal.
    Scorings. All instrumental pieces: 2 lyra viols (tablature) and bass (staff notation). 2 vocal pieces: voice, 2 lyra viols (tablature) and bass (staff notation). 1 vocal piece: voice alternated to some measures for lyra viol.
    Instrumentation: The 22 instrumental pieces can be performed by solo lyra viol, by 2 lyra viols or by 2 lyra viols and bass viol (instrumentations no. 1-4 of the title). 2 vocal pieces can be performed with voice, 2 lyra viol and bass viol (instrumentation no. 7) or with a mixed ensemble (instrumentation no. 8). 1 vocal piece is for voice and 1 lyra viol. The other instrumentations (no. 5 and 6) do not imply the lyra viol.
    Tunings: ffeff. The pitch of the first string for most of the tablature in this book is g’ (tenor viol), with staff notation parts for a bass instrument accompaniment pitched accordingly. The 3 songs reflect more variety, and one implies a top string tuned to d (bass viol).
  • Ford, Thomas, Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, London, 1607
    Facsimile edition: Performer’s Facsimiles #219, 1998
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Ferrabosco, Alfonso II, Lessons for 1, 2 and 3 Viols, London, 1609
    Facsimile edition: Scolar Press, A Collection of Facsimile Reprints #20, 1978
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Corkine, William, Ayres to Sing and Play to the Lute and Basse Violl, London, 1610
    Facsimile edition: Scolar Press, A Collection of Facsimile Reprints #11, 1978
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Maynard, John, The XII Wonders of the World, London, 1611
    Facsimile edition: Scolar Press, A Collection of Facsimile Reprints #32, 1978
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Corkine, William, The Second Booke of Ayres, London, 1612
    Facsimile edition: Scolar Press, A Collection of Facsimile Reprints #12, 1977
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Tailour, Robert, Sacred Hymns, London, 1615
    Facsimile edition: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1973
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Playford, John, A Musicall Banquet, London, 1651
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Playford, John, Musicks Recreation on the Lyra Viol, 1652
    Facsimile edition: Faksimile-Edition Rara, 34. Stuttgart, 2000
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Playford, John, Musicks Recreation on the Viol, Lyra-way, London, 1661
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Playford, John, Musicks Recreation on the Viol, Lyra-way, London, 1669
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Moss, John, Lessons for the Basse-Viol, London, 1671
    Facsimile online: Gallica, IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Mace, Thomas, Musick’s Monument, London, 1676
    Facsimile edition: Éditions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1958
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffman
  • Simpson, Christopher, A Compendium of Practical Musick in Five Parts, London, 1678
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Ziegler, Johann Christoff, Intavolatura zur Viola da Gamba, 1680
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Playford, John, Musicks Recreation on the Viol, Lyra-way, London, 1682
    Facsimile edition: Hebden Bridge, Ruxbury Publications, 2002
    Facsimile online: Early English Books Online
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • De Machy, Le Sieur, Pieces de Violle, Paris, 1685
    Facsimile online: Gallica
    Index and discussion: Shaun Kam Fook Ng, Le Sieur de Machy and the French solo viol tradition
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann
  • Kremberg, Jacob, Musicalische Gemüths Ergötzung, 1689
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
    More bibliographical information: Catalogue Hoffmann

 

Manuscript Sources

103 sources, in alphabetical order by nations and towns of the hosting library

 

Austria

Schloss Ebenthal, Carinthia (A-ET)
  • A–ET Goëss Ms. A
    Place: Utrecht
    Date: 1664. The indication on the manuscript «a Utrecht le de[cem]bre 1664» is thought to be the time of binding, not of the compilation.
    Composers: Christian Herwich, Nicolas Hotman, Constantijn Huygens, Simon Ives, John Jenkins, Dietrich Stoeffken, Friedrich Stoeffken, [Johann Christoph] Wolff, William Young and anonymous
    Tunings: fdefh, fedef, fedfh, ffeff, fhfde, ffefh, efdef, edefh, defhf, defde
    Content: 134 pieces for lyra viol
    Scoring: In the manuscript all pieces are for solo lyra viol, but one piece by William Young is known through a different source in a version for two viols.
    Symbols. Slurs are notated both under and over the letters; holds are indicated with a straight diagonal line under the letters.
    Facsimile edition: Tree Edition
    Facsimile online: Lute Society
    Indexes: Tree Edition online has full index; Index of VdGSGB in preparation; a complete catalogue by Francois-Pierre Goy in preparation.
  • A-ET Goëss Ms. B
    Place: Utrecht
    Date: 1668. The indication on the manuscript «a Utrecht le 6 de May 1668» is thought to be the time of binding, not of the compilation.
    Composers: Ambrosius Scherle, Charles Coleman, John Lillie, John Jenkins, Christian Herwich, William Young, Simon Ives, William Lawes, Nicolas Hotman, Nicolas de Merville, François Dufaut, Dubuisson, John Price, Jean Mercure, Denis Gautier, Bocquet, Dietrich Stöeffken, anonymous.
    Tunings: fdefh, fedfh, ffeff, ffefh, edfhf, defhf
    Content: 93 pieces for lyra viol
    Scoring: All pieces are for solo lyra viol.
    Symbols. Slurs are notated both under and over the letters; holds are indicated with a straight diagonal line under the letters.
    Facsimile edition: Tree Edition, 1997
    Facsimile online: Lute Society
    Indexes: Tree Edition online has full index; Index of VdGSGB in preparation; a complete catalogue by Francois-Pierre Goy in preparation.
  • A-ET Goëss Ms. II
    Date: ca. 1660-70. Unlike Goëss A and B, this manuscript has no inscription or date at the beginning, but the composers it represents are similar to those in the other 2 vols. The Gautier piece marking Christina of Sweden’s entry to Paris (Sept 8, 1656) serves as a terminus post quem.
    Composers: Nicolas Hotman, William Young, Christian Herwich, Denis Gautier, Betkofsky, Wolff, Ditrich Stöeffken, John Jenkins, Du Buisson (?), anonymous
    Tunings: ffeff, fdedf, ededf
    Content: 49 pieces for lyra viol
    Scoring: All pieces are for solo lyra viol.
    Symbols. Slurs are notated both under and over the letters; holds are indicated with a straight diagonal line under the letters.
    Facsimile edition: Tree Edition
    Facsimile online: Lute Society
    Indexes: Tree Edition online has full index; Index of VdGSGB in preparation; a complete catalogue by Francois-Pierre Goy in preparation.

 

Belgium

Brussels, Conservatoire Royale de Musique (B-Bc)
  • B-Bc MS Litt. XY 24910
    Composer: «GL» (George Loosemore, active 1638-ca. 1682)
    probable autograph
    Content: 6 untitled pieces in G major a 3, for an unspecified treble instrument, lyra viol and bass
    Scoring: treble instrument, lyra viol, bass instrument
    Layout: Separate parts. These pieces are bound into a collection of mostly later music, none for viol.
    Date: 1670s
    Tuning: defhf (not specified)
    Symbols: No ornament signs, but slurs
    Index: No index VdGSGB, but full details in JVdGS vol 5, 2011 and in A. Ashbee, edition
    Notes: Should not be mistaken for a second manuscript in the same library, that is a 19th century copy.

 

France

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale (F-Pn)
  • F-Pn Rés. 1111
    Title: Pièces pour la viola da gamba
    Date: 1674
    Composers named in the manuscript: Nicolas Hotman, Dubuisson, August Verdufen
    Composers identified from concordances: William Young, Tobias Hume, Thomas Ford, Daniel Farrant, Charles Coleman, John Jenkins, Simon Ives, George Hudson, Dietrich Stöeffken, Willem Deutekom, François Dufaut
    Content: 259 pieces for lyra viol in tablature, besides 14 pieces for viol in staff notation
    Tunings: defhf, dfedf, edefh, edfhf, efdef, fdefh, fedef, fedfh, fefde, fefhf, ffeff, fhfhf. Several times string pitches are notated next to the scordatura indicating a first string in d’.
    Scoring: All 273 pieces are for solo viol, but 4 of them are marked as duos, and 60 are marked as ensemble parts. The other parts, however, are not included in this manuscript.
    Symbols
    Facsimile edition: prepared by F.-P. Goy for Minkoff, but not ever published.
    Facsimile online: Gallica
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain

 

Germany

Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz (D-B)
  • D-B Mus ms. autogr. Hove 1
    First owner (and probably scribe): Joachim van den Hove
    Place of origin: Leiden
    Date: 1615 circa
    Composers: Alfonso Ferrabosco II, anonymous. The source does not provide names of authors for the 4 lyra viol pieces, but one of them is attributed to Alfonso Ferrabosco II thanks to its concordance with a piece published in his Lessons, 1609.
    Content: The manuscript is mainly a lute book, among its 108 pieces only 4 are for lyra viol solo, the remaining for lute.
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    Tunings: ffefh, fhfhf, fefhf
    Symbols: dot. The sign appears in all 4 lyra pieces, but also in the lute pieces. It’s probably a bowing indication (pull bow) because it appears on weak beats both in the viol and the lute pieces.
    Facsimile edition: Glinde, Jarchow Verlag, 2006
Kassel, Landesbibliothek und Murhard’sche Bibliothek (D-Kl)
Lübeck, Bibliothek der Hansestadt (D-LÜh)
  • D-LÜh Ms. hist. 8° 24, Stammbuch David von Mandelsloh
    Composer: Walter Rowe
    Date: 1614 («4 Agustus 1614»)
    Place: Hamburg
    Facsimile online: D-LÜh
    Content: One single piece (Coranto), p. 470. This is the only music in the volume.
    Tuning: ffhfh
    Symbols: Fingerings indicated in great detail.
Weimar, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek (D-WRz)

 

Great Britain

Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum (GB-Cf)
  • GB-Cf Ms 645
    Notes: bass part only (7 pages) to Jenkins lyra consorts
Cambridge, University Library (GB-Cu)
  • GB-Cu Ms. Add 10356
    Composers: Ives, Jenkins, Lawes
    Notes: Formerly at Haslemere, Dolmetsch Library (GB-HAd) MS II B 3
  • GB-Cu Dd.5.20 Mathew Holmes
    Composers: Coprario, Farrant, Johnson, Sherly, anonymous
  • GB-Cu Dd.5.78 (III), Mathew Holmes Lute Book II
    Composer: anonymous
    Date: ca. 1595
    Facsimile online: GB-Cu
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Cu Dd.6.48 (F)
    Date: 1671
    Composers: Butler, Coleman, Ives
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Cu Dd.9.33, Mathew Holmes Lute Book III
    Composer: anonymous
    Date: Feb 28, 1600
    Facsimile online: GB-Cu
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Cu Nn.6.36, Mathew Holmes Lute Book IV
    Date: ca. 1615
    Facsimile online: GB-Cu
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Cu Hengrave Hall Deposit 77 (1)
    Composers: Clarke, Jenkins, Neville
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Cu Hengrave Hall Deposit 77 (2)
    Composer: Jenkins
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    Notes: 2 pages only
  • GB-Cu MS Add 9283
    Content: 5 pieces for lyra viol
  • GB-Cu Add. MS 9284
    Title: «Auff der Viol de Gambe 2 partey – Adamus Wolray (or Wolsay?)/Kerstone»
    Names in the manuscript, possibly referring to composers: (William?) Lawes, I. P. Gertner
    Composers identified from concordances: Thomas Gregorie, Simon Ives, William Lawes.
    Content: 10 pieces
    Scoring: All 10 pieces are for a single lyra viol, but that part is one of an ensemble of 2/3 lyras. The other parts are not extant in this collection.
    Tunings: fdefh, fedfh, efdef, edfhf
    Symbols
    Index: Violanet
    Notes: Previously in private ownership by Robert Spencer. Mentioned in John Cunningham, Lyra Viol Ecclesiastica, JVdGS vol. 3
Cheshire, Record Office (GB-CHEr)
  • GB-CHEr DLT/B31, Sir Peter Leycester’s Book of Music
    Date: 1670
    Facsimile online: Newtunings
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
Dundee, Public Libraries (GB-DU)
  • GB-DU Mus 10445, Andrew Bla[i]kie
    Date: copy of 1692
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
    Notes: The first Blaikie ms (dated 1683, once owned by Lady Katherine Boyd, daughter of William, first Earl of Kilmarnock) is no longer extant. This version is a copy of several surviving copies, made by Andrew John Wighton, ca. 1866 or earlier.
Durham, Cathedral Library (GB-DRc)
  • GB-DRc Bamburgh Mus 179-180
    Index: no index by VdGS, but mentioned in Chelys 6, 1975-76 and Stolzfus 1982
    Notes: Treble and lyra parts to Jenkins lyra ensemble
  • GB- DRc Ms Mus A 27, Philip Falle
    Date: ca. 1722-39 (years when the ms. was compiled or completed)
    Composer: Christopher Simpson, Thomas Mace
    Copyist: Philip Falle
    Content: 4 pieces of this manuscript, here in staff notation, are copied from pieces for lyra viol: on pp. 107-108, 3 pieces transcribed from Christopher Simpson, A compendium of Practical Musick, 1678; on pp. 80-81, 1 piece transcribed from Thomas Mace, Musick’s Monument, 1676. The rest of the very sizable manuscript is bass viol music, in staff notation.
    Original descriptions of sources: «Transposed from Tablature – Simpson’s Pract. Comp. Apparuit p. 172», «Transposed from Tablature – ibid. p. 174», «Transposed from Tablature – ibid. p. 176», «Mace Musick’s Monument pag 253».
    Scoring: Solo lyra viol, without the bass part extant in the Compendium.
    Symbols: No ornament signs. Lacks a few slurs from Simpson’s 1678 original; lacks the many holds in Mace’s 1676 original.
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland (GB-En)
  • GB-En Advocates Ms 5.2.19
    copy of BG-NTu Bell-White 46 Leyden
    Title: «Copy of the Tunes in Tablature in Doctor John Leyden’s Manuscript Lyra-Viol Book»
    Date: 1843-1844
    Content: 83 short tunes. The copy contains only the portion for lyra viol of original Leyden manuscript.
    Composers: all anonymous
    Scoring: solo lyra viol
    Tunings: defhf, edfhf
    Symbols. In the instructions, it is explained that the three dots represent thumps.
    Copyist: George Farquhar Graham
    Index: JVDGS, vol. 2-1, 2008-2009, pp. 35-52
  • GB-En Dep. 314/24, Sutherland House lyra ms
    Date: 1660-70
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-En Mus. m.1, Magdalen Cockburn music booke
    Date: ca. 1660-80
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation (current TI link is broken)
    Notes: formerly P637 R787.1
London, British Library (GB-Lbl)
  • GB-Lbl Add. 15117
    Composers: Hume, anonymous
    Date: ca. 1614-16
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol. 1. Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R14
    Facsimile online: GB-Lbl
  • GB-Lbl Add. 15118, Richard Shinton
    Date: 1633
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R14
  • GB-Lbl Add. 17795, Merro
    Date: after 1624
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R16
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Lbl Add. 29481
    Date: ca. 1630
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol 1
  • GB-Lbl Add. 31431 (i and ii), Sir Gabriel Roberts
    Date: 1680
  • GB-Lbl Add. 31432, Richard Gibbon
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol 2. Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R31
    Notes: William Lawes Autograph
  • GB-Lbl Add. 36993
    Date: mid 17th century
  • GB-Lbl Add. 38783
    Notes: 1913 transcriptions of Manchester ms
  • GB-Lbl Add. 39555
    Notes: 20thc transcription of Hengrave Hall 77(1), made by Florence G. Attenborough: “Chrystabel”
  • GB-Lbl Add. 39556
    Notes: 1912 transcription of Manchester ms
  • GB-Lbl Add. 50781
    notes referring to Add. 38783
  • GB-Lbl Add. 56279, Silvanus Stirrop
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R38
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Lbl Add. 59869, Cartwright manuscript
    Facsimile online: Newtunings
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
    Notes: Bound in the back of a copy of Simpson’s Division Viol
  • GB-Lbl Add. 63852, Griffith Boynton
    Facsimile online GB-Lbl
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
  • GB-Lbl Egerton 2971, Robius Downes
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol. 1. Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R3
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Lbl Harley 7578
    Composers: Coprario, Ferrabosco
    Date: 1655
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R5
    Facsimile online: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=harley_ms_7578
  • GB-Lbl Mus. 249
    Composers: Jenkins, Lawes, Mace
    Facsimile online: Newtuning
    Index: Robert Smith, JVdGS 2013
London, Royal Academy of Music (GB-Lam)
London, Royal College of Music (GB-Lcm)
  • GB-Lcm C41/2
    Composer: Moss and others
    Facsimile online: Internet Archive
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation. For the pieces by Moss see Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
    Notes: Formerly catalogued as GB-Lcm II.F.10. Manuscript bound at the back of a copy of Christopher Simpson, The Division-Violist, London, 1659. The manuscript has no tablature, but copies in staff notation of some pieces for lyra viol, for example by John Moss, from his Lessons for the Basse-Viol, London, 1671.
Manchester, Central Public Library (GB-Mp)
  • GB-Mp BRm/832 Vu51, Manchester gamba book
    Date: mid-17th century
    Facsimile edition: Peacock Press, 2003
    Facsimile online: IMSLP
Newcastle Upon Tyne, University (GB-Ntu)
  • GB-Ntu Bell-White 46, Leyden viol manuscript
    Date: after 1688 (provisional hypothesis, based on contents and paper)
    Composers: all anonymous
    Content: 84 short tunes for lyra viol.
    Scoring: solo lyra viol
    Tunings: defhf, edfhf. Moreover, the tunings fdefh and fedfh are named in the instructions, though they are not used in the music.
    Symbols. In the instructions, it is explained that the three dots represent thumps. The commas are added later, by a different hand.
    Index: JVDGS, vol. 2-1, 2008-2009, pp. 35-52; Index of VdGSGB in preparation
    Bibliography: John H. Robinson, John Leyden’s Lyra Viol Manuscript in Newcastle University Library and George Farquhar Graham’s Copy in the National Library of Scotland, JVDGS, vol. 2-1, 2008-2009, pp. 17-57
    Notes: The manuscript was acquired by John Leyden in 1800 circa. It was formerly catalogued as White ms. 42. The prefatory instructions are copied word-for-word from Playford’s Musicks Recreation, 1682 edition.
Oxford, Bodleian Library (GB-Ob)
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch b.15, Mark Coleman
    Notes: 2 pages only
  • GB-Ob MS Don. C.57, Colonel Probert’s ms
    ca. 1625-50
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol 6
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch C.61
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R2
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, pp. 138-143
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch C.84
    Composer: John Jenkins
    Content: Pieces for lyra ensemble, partbook
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R5
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch C.85
    Composer: John Jenkins
    Content: Pieces for lyra ensemble, partbook
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R5
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch C.88
    Composer: John Jenkins
    Content: Pieces for lyra ensemble, partbook
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R5
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch D.217, F[rancis] W[ithy]
    Date1681-1703
    Index: GB-Ob
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch D.221, Richard Langley
    Composers: Gregorie, Jenkins, Ives
    Content: pieces for 2 lyra viols
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch D.233, 236, Mr. Younge
    Dates: 1636, 1641
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R10
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch D.245-247, [Merro partbooks], Mr. William Iles
    Date: 1673
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R11
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch E.410-414
    Composers: John Birchingshaw, Richard Cooke, William Lawes
    Date: Sept 7, 1660
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R12
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch E.430, Francis Withye
    Date: 1672/3
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R13
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch F.572, King of Sweden
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch F.573
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R19
    Notes: transcriptions of ms. Braye/Browne and ms. Manchester
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch F.575, Mr. William Iles
    Date: 1673
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol 6
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Ob MS Mus Sch F.578
    Composers: Simon Ives, John Jenkins, William Deutekom, anonymous
Oxford, Christ Church Library (GB-Och)
  • GB-Och MS 87, Elizabeth Davenant
    Date: 1624
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol 7
  • GB-Och Music MS 439, Robert Taylor autograph
    Date: 1634
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol 6. Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R18
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
  • GB-Och Music MS 531-532
    Content: lyra viol ensembles
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R22
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
  • GB-Och Music MS 725-727
    Content: lyra viol ensembles
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R28
  • GB-Och Music MS 1005
    Composer: John Jenkins
    Content: 17th century copy of Jenkins’ lyra ensemble
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R35
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • GB-Och Music MS 1006-1009
    Composer: John Jenkins
    Content: Pieces for lyra ensemble
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R35
  • GB-Och Music MS 1014, Mr. Rogier
    Facsimile: Harvester Microform Collection, R36
St. Andrews, University Library (GB-SA)
Woking, Surrey History Centre (GB-WOhc)
  • GB-WOhc MS LM/1083/91/35, Loseley manuscript
    Date: 1687-8
    Content: Pieces for keyboard and lyra viol
    Bibliography: AndrewWoolley and John Cunningham, A Little-Known Source of Restoration Lyra-Viol and Keyboard Music: Surrey History Centre, Woking, LM/1083/91/35, RMA, 2010, pp. 1-22
    Index of VdGSGB in preparation
    Notes: Formerly in Guildford, catalogued as BG-Gum
formerly: Tunbridge Wells, Richard MacNutt private collection (GB-TWmacnutt)
  • Ms. without shelf mark, Prissylla Herbert
    Title: «Prissylla Herbert her book 1655»
    Date: 1655
    Composer: anonymous
    Content: 2 short pieces on fol. 45r and 45v; otherwise, the manuscript contains music for virginal.
    Scoring: solo lyra viol
    Tuning: defhf
    Symbols: No ornament signs, only a few slurs
    Modern edition: Joëlle Morton, IMSLP
    Notes: The current whereabouts for the manuscript is unknown, but the lyra viol pieces have been copied by Frank Traficante.

 

Ireland

Dublin, Archbishop Marsh’s Library (IRL-DM)
Dublin, Trinity College Library (IRL-Dtc)
  • IRL-Dtc 408/1, (formerly D.1.21) William Ballet
    Title: «William ballet his book wittns william vines»
    Date: first decades of XVII century
    Composers (mostly inferred from concordances): Jeremy Chamberlaine, John Dowland, Daniel Farrant, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Thomas Ford, Gervise Gerrarde, Tobias Hume, Thomas Paye, Richard Pickeringe, Joseph Sherlie, Sylvanus Stirrop, Robert Tayler, anonymous
    Content: 69 pieces with lyra viol, besides pieces for lute.
    Scoring: 66 pieces for solo lyra viol, 1 duet for 2 lyra viols (missing second part), 2 pieces for voice and lyra viol
    Tunings: efhfh, fefhf, ffeff, ffhfh, fhfcf, fhfhf, hfhfh, efhfh
    Symbols. Playing instruction: «For the Back of ye bow» (p. 68)
    Facsimile online: IRL-Dtc
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain

 

Norway

Oslo, Universitetsbibliotak, Norsk Musikksamling (N-Ou)
  • N-Ou M294 a/b, Peter Bang notebook
    Date: 1679
    Facsimile online: Newtunings
    Tunings: defhf, edfhf, fdefh
Trondheim, Universitetsbiblioteket i Trondheim (N-Tu)
  • N-Tu GUNNERUS XA HA; Mus. 1:1
    Composers: Schenck, Kühnel
    Facsimile online: N-Tu
  • N-Tu XA HA Mus.1:2
    Composers: Schenck, anonymous
    Facsimile online: N-Tu

 

Russia

St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (RUS-SPan)
  • RUS-SPan O No 124, Swan Lute manuscript
    Date: ca. 1630-1655
    Composer: anonymous
    Content: 2 pieces Auf der Viol, fol. 84-85. The manuscript contains mostly tablatures for lute, keyboard instrument and baryton.
    Scoring: solo lyra viol
    Tuning: efdef
    Symbols: No slurs, no holds, no ornament signs
    Facsimile edition: Editions Orphée, 1994
    Facsimile online (pages with viol music only): Violanet
    Index: Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain

 

Sweden

Kalmar, Kalmarlaäns Museum (S-Kl)
Lund, Universitetsbiblioteket (S-L)
Norrköpings, State Library (S-N)
Stockholm, Musik och teaterbiblioteket (S-SKma)
Uppsala, Universitetsbiblioteket (S-Uu)
  • S-Uu Inst. mus.hs 4:3a
    Composer: George Hudson
    Date: 1640s
    Content: Music for lyra ensemble (lyra viol, violin and theorbo)
    Facsimile online: S-Uu
  • S-Uu Inst. mus.hs 4:3: 1-2
    Composer: George Hudson
    Date: 1640s
    Content: Music for lyra ensemble (lyra viol, violin and theorbo)
    Facsimile online: S-Uu

 

USA

Cambridge, Harvard University Music Library (US-CA)
  • US-Ca MS Mus. 70, William Lawes autograph
    Date: ca. 1620-1645
    Facsimile online: US-CA
Chicago, Newberry Library
Los Angeles, University of California
New Haven, Yale University, School of Music (US-NH)
  • US-NH Misc. 170, Filmer Ms. 3
    Composers: Ives, Coleman, anonymous
    Date: 1639
New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library (US-NHb)
New York, Public Library (US-NYpl)
  • US-NYpl Drexel 4175, Anne Twice
    Date: before 1630
    Facsimile edition: English Song 1600-1675, New York, Garland, 1986-9, vol 11
San Marino, Huntington Library (US-SM)
  • US-SM Ellesmere EL 25/A/46-52
    Date: ca. 1660
    Bibliography: Richard Charteris, The Huntington Library Part Books, Ellesmere MSS EL 25 A 46-51, Huntington Library Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 1 (Winter, 1987), pp. 59-84. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3817348
Washington, Library of Congress (US-Wc)
  • US-Wc M2.1.T2 (17C) Case
    Composer: Dubuisson
    Date: 1666
    Facsimile edition: Minkoff, 1998
    Index: in Minkoff edition
  • US-Wc M140.F675 (Case)
    Notes: copy of Blaikie/Wighton ms, made by Alfred Moffat (1863-1950)

 

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