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This article presents a detailed account (provenance, codicology and contents) of GB-WOKhc, LM/1083/91/35, a late Restoration manuscript of lyra-viol and keyboard music housed in the Surrey History Centre. Originally from the papers of the More-Molyneux family of Loseley Park, LM/1083/91/35 is a source of otherwise unknown music by John Moss and Gerhard Diesineer. Two of the lyra-viol pieces in particular demonstrate that the Woking manuscript dates to at least 1687 or 1688, making it the latest known English source of viol music in tablature. The primary purpose of the manuscript seems to have been didactic. It was copied by a single scribe, who was evidently a musician actively engaged with the popular music and current political events of mid- to late-1680s London. LM/1083/91/35 allows us a rare glimpse into the amateur musical world of 1680s London.


  • Lyra-viol, Music and Culture in England, Keyboard
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalRoyal Musical Association Research Chronicle
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
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