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Collection Level Description: Papers Relating to Musical Theory

Reference: MSS. Don. c. 136-44
Title: Papers Relating to Musical Theory
Dates of Creation: [c. 1777-1808]
Extent: 9 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: William Boyce, Marmaduke Overend, J.W. Callcott, John Farey

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

William Boyce (1710-79) was a musician. Marmaduke Overend (d. 1790), organist and composer, was a pupil of William Boyce. John Wall Callcott (1766-1821) was a composer. John Farey (1766-1826), principally a geologist, wrote articles on many subjects, including music. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Writings and tables relating to musical theory, c. 1777-1808; one volume by William Boyce, six by Marmaduke Overend, and two by J.W. Callcott. Workings by John Farey appear throughout.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The papers were given by Callcott in 1807-8 to the library of the Royal Institution.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought from the Royal Institution by the Friends of the Bodleian in 1972.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38967-75.

Access Points

Music theory

Boyce | William | 1710-1779 | Musician

Callcott | John Wall | 1766-1821 | Composer

Farey | John | 1766-1826 | Geologist

Overend | Marmaduke | d 1790 | Organist and Composer

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