Manuscript collection of sacred vocal music. British, ca. 1830. Eliza-Mary BODENHAM, Canoness of the Order of St. Anne of Bavaria.
Manuscript collection of sacred vocal music. British, ca. 1830.

Manuscript collection of sacred vocal music. British, ca. 1830.

Quarto. Full mid-tan contemporary leather blindstamped in small diamond pattern with edges ruled in gilt, spine in decorative compartments and titling gilt, marbled endpapers. [ii] (verso of front free endpaper and recto of following leaf manuscript index of works by title, number of voices, author, and page number), [ii] (blank) + pp. 2-139 notated on 12 hand-ruled staves.

With manuscript note to head of index: "Eliza Mary F.I. Di la B. Bodenham Ugbrooke-Park Novbr. 2d 1832."

Settings for two and three voices, some with keyboard accompaniment, possibly in the hand of Eliza Mary Bodenham.

28 compositions in total with several pencilled harmonizations and sketches.

Includes settings of individual works by Battishill, G. Broad, Fallon, Felton, Gluck, Handel, Marcello, Mozart, Novello, Paxton, and Webbe; some Gregorian chant, and numbers identified as "Scotch," "Roman," "Ancient," etc.

Binding worn, rubbed, bumped, and scuffed; upper detached; spine slightly defective with loss to head and tail chipped.

A number of pieces are marked as having been "adapted by" Ms. Bodenham; we thus presume that the present manuscript collection was compiled by her. As per the note in her hand at the head of the index, it appears that she lived at Ugbrooke-Park, an historic house in the parish of Chudleigh in Devon, England, possibly as a music tutor.

Bodenham is described as "an Englishwoman of a wealthy family and a novelist of some popularity... accepted as a postulant in Stanhope Street convent in 1827... [and] in 1834... appointed mistress of novices and rectress of Stanhope Street Convent." Luddy: Women and Philanthrophy in Nineteeenth-Century Ireland, pp. 31-32.

She is listed in Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, Vol. I, p. 117. COPAC records a French volume with her ownership at Cambridge University. We have not, however, located any references to her in the standard music reference sources. Item #28901

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