Psalm 34 N.V. Musical manuscript, most probably autograph. Late 18th century. British
The text, a rhymed paraphrase of Psalm 34 in English, is from the New Version [=N.V.] of the Psalms of David by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (1696). Only the first strophe is included in the present manuscript. The music is unknown. Both the "Psalm 34 N.V." and the sketch on p. 3 have faulty voice leading, suggesting that the composer was an amateur (a claim further supported by the incorrect time signature).. Small folio (300 x 240 mm). One bifolium (p. 2 blank). Notated in brown ink on 12-stave paper. Watermark: bend. Page 1: "Psalm 34 N.V." F major, 3/2 time de facto (although "3/4" is specified). Systems have three braced staves, each carrying one voice with separate text underlay; voices not identified. Top stave (soprano) has G clef, middle stave (tenor) has C4 clef, bottom stave (bass) has F clef. 14 measures. Some corrections to bass part.Page 3: Sketch for an unidentified composition. In D minor, 3/4 time (not specified). Systems have three braced staves, each carrying one unidentified (instrumental?) part. Upper staves have G clef, bottom stave has bass clef. 13 measures. Sketch breaks off without cadence.Isolated chord without clefs or braces to staves 6 and 7 of p. 4.Somewhat soiled; lower outer corner turned. (Inventory #: 27186)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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