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Facsimile edition of the famous Dow partbooks

A facsimile edition of the famous Dow manuscripts from Christ Church Library has recently been published, making more widely available one of the most important surviving music manuscripts from Elizabethan England and a major source of works by William Byrd...

It has long been recognized that the library of Christ Church has one of the most important collections of sixteenth- and seventeenth- century music. Among the treasures is 'Mus. 984-8', a complete set of five partbooks containing motets, anthems, consort music and consort songs, copied principally by Robert Dow (1553-88). This set is famous for Dow's exquisite penmanship, executed in black ink over staves previously printed in red. DIAM (Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music), in association with the Viola da Gamba Society, has recently published a facsimile edition of the manuscript. This is an event we all welcome and applaud. Apart from being one of the most important surviving music manuscripts from Elizabethan England and a major source of works by William Byrd, the Dow partbooks, are also among the very few Tudor partbook sets to survive fully intact.

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