Lute Book Vol.3, MS Dd.9.33 (Holmes, Mathew)

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Work Title Mathew Holmes lute books Vol.3, MS Dd.9.33
Alternative. Title
Composer Holmes, Mathew
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Gross (fragments & damages) 163 items: 149 solos, 5 duet parts, 1 consort part for 6-7 course renaissance lute (apart from 1 in transitional tuning); 6 for bandora; 1 for lyra viol:
  • Possible composer/arranger:
Richard Allison (c.1570-after1606)
Daniel Bacheler (1572-1619)
Robert Ballard II (c.1575-c.1650)
Charles Bocquet (c.1570-c.1615)
Baruch Bulman (17th. c.)
William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
Jeremy Chamberlain (c.1600?)
Edward Collard (fl.1599)
Francis Cutting (c.1550-1596)
John Danyel (1564-c.1626)
John Dowland (c.1563-1626)
James Harding (c.1560-1626)
Anthony Holborne (1545-1602)
John Johnson M.A. (c.1545-1594)
Robert Johnson (c.1583-c.1633)
Lushier (fl.c.1595–1600)
John Marchant (?-c.1620?)
Mathias Mason (fl.1579-1609)
Thomas Morley (c.1557-1602)
Julien Perrichon (1566-c.1600)
Peter Philips (c.1561-1628)
Francis Pilkington (c.1565-1638)
Thomas Robinson (1560-1609)
Philip Rosseter (1568-1623)
Nicholas Strogers (bl.1560-1575)
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
John Taverner (c.1490-1545)


  • Pavan (pp.2-3) (John Dowland). f.2r J D. B of Musick
  • Pavan (pp.4-5) (N.N.)
  • Galliard (pp.6-6) (Daniel Bacheler). f.3v D. B.
  • Galliard To plead my faith (pp.7-7) (Daniel Bacheler). f.4r D. B.
  • Lullaby (pp.8-9) (William Byrd); arr.: (Francis Cutting). f.5r Mr Birdes Lullaby set by fr. Cutting.
  • Only joy (pp.9-9) (N.N.). f.5r Only ioye
  • Lady Russell's pavan (pp.10-11) (John Dowland). f.6r My Lady Russells paven
  • A fancy (pp.12-14) (John Dowland). f.7v A fancy Jo Dow
  • Galliard (pp.15-15) (Francis Pilkington). f.8r A Galliarde fr: pilkington
  • Almain (pp.16-16) (Francis Cutting). f.8v An Allmaine
  • Almain (pp.17-17) (Francis Cutting). f.9r An Allmaine fr. Cutting
  • Pavan (pp.18-19) (Francis Cutting). f.10r Paven fr. Cutting
  • Courant (pp.19-19) (N.N.). f.10r Currante
  • Galliard (pp.20-20) (Francis Cutting). f.10v Galliarde fr. Cutting
  • Galliard (pp.21-21) (N.N.). f.11r Galliard
  • Pavan (pp.22-23) (William Byrd) or (Thomas Morley); arr.: (Francis Cutting)). f.12r A Pauen Mr Birde set to lute by fr. Cutting
  • Pavana Bray (pp.24-25) (William Byrd); arr.: (Francis Cutting). f.13r Pauan fr. Cutting.
  • Pavan (pp.26-27) (Lushier). f.14r A Pauen Lushier
  • Chromatic pavan (pp.28-29) (Peter Philips). Note: See also the following piece. f.15r Cromatica pauana
  • Chromatic galliard (pp.29-29) (Peter Philips). Note: See also the preceding piece. f.15r The Galliarde
  • Galliard (pp.30-30) (Daniel Bacheler). f.15v Daniell Bachele
  • Pavan (pp.31-31) (Lushier). f.16r Lushier
  • Forlorn hope fancy (pp.32-33) (John Dowland). f.17r forlorne Hope fancye Mr Dowland Bach of Musicke
  • Hasellwood's galliard (pp.33-33) (John Dowland). f.17r Hasellwoods Galliard Jo Dowland
  • Mr Langton's galliard (pp.34-35) (John Dowland). f.18r Mr Langtons galliard Mr Dowl. Bach. of Mus
  • Scottish jig (pp.35-35) (N.N.). f.18r Scottish Jigge
  • Sir Fulk Greville's pavan (pp.36-37) (Francis Cutting). f.19r Sr fooke Greviles pauen. fr. Cuttinge.
  • Mr Knight's galliard (pp.38-38) (John Dowland). f.19v Mr Knights Galliard J. Dowla
  • Galliard (pp.38-38) (?John Dowland). f.19v A Galliard W: Th.
  • Mrs Vaux's galliard (pp.39-39) (John Dowland). f.20r Mrs Vaux Galliarde Jo Dowland Bacheler of Musicke.
  • Mrs Vaux's jig (pp.40-40) (John Dowland). f.20v Mrs Vauxes Gigge Jo Dowland Bacheler of Musick
  • Walsingham (pp.41-41) (N.N.). f.21r Walsingham
  • The Shoemaker's wife. A toy (pp.42-42) (John Dowland). f.21v The Shomakers wife A Toy J Dowland
  • Galliard (pp.43-42) (?John Dowland) or (Francis Cutting)). Note: The piece begins on f.22r and continues at the bottom (sign) of f.21v. f.21v Dowland
  • Pavan (pp.44-44) (Mathias Mason)
  • The King of Denmark's galliard (Battle galliard; The most high and mighty Christianus the fourth, King of Denmark, his galliard) (pp.45-45) (John Dowland). f.23r Mr Mildmay's galliard J D.
  • Pavan (pp.46-47) (?Baruch Bulman)
  • Jig (pp.47-47) (N.N.). f.24r A jig
  • Pavan (pp.48-49) (N.N.)
  • Sacred end pavan (pp.50-51) (Thomas Morley)
  • Walsingham (pp.52-55) (John Marchant). f.28r Walsingham Marchannt
  • Gathering peascods (pp.55-55) (John Johnson). Note: Probably dedicated to the actor Edward Alleyn (1566-1626). f.28r Allins Jigg
  • Mrs Clifton's almain (pp.56-56) (John Dowland). f.28v Mrs Cliftons Allmaine Jo Dowlande
  • Mignarda (galliard) (pp.57-57) (John Dowland). f.29r Mignarda Jo Dowlande
  • Robin (pp.58-59) (John Dowland). f.30r Robin. Jo Dowland
  • Variations on a ground (pp.60-61) (N.N.)
  • Go from my window (pp.62-63) (Edward Collard). f.32r Collarde
  • Mrs Anne Markham's pavan (pp.64-65) (Francis Cutting). f.33r Mrs Anne Markhms Paven fr Cuttinge
  • Mrs Brigide Fleetwood's pavan, alias Solus sine sola (pp.66-67) (John Dowland). f.34r Mrs Brigide fleetwoods pauen als Solus sine sola Jo Dowland
  • Groaning pavan (pp.68-69) (Francis Cutting). f.35r Groninag Paven f C
  • Pavan (pp.70-71) (William Byrd). f.36r Mr Birds
  • Galliard (pp.72-72) (Francis Cutting). f.36v fr Cutting
  • Susanna jig (pp.73-73) (N.N.). f.37r Susanna Jigge
  • Whip of Dunbain (pp.73-73) (N.N.). f.37r Whip of Dunbain
  • The clink (pp.73-73) (N.N.). f.37r The Clinke
  • Galliard (pp.74-74) (John Dowland). f.37v Galliard J Dowlande
  • Lady Hunsdon's puff (pp.75-75) (John Dowland). f.38r J Dowland
  • De jerr a mort (pp.75-75) (N.N.). f.38r de jerr a mort
  • Mounsieur's almain (pp.76-79) (Daniel Bacheler)
  • Pavan (pp.80-81) (Daniel Bacheler). f.41r D Bac
  • Farewell (pp.82-83) (John Dowland). f.42r farwell Jo Dowlande
  • Brett's courant (pp.84-84) (N.N.). f.42v Curranta
  • Lady Strange's almain (pp.84-84) (Robert Johnson). f.42v My la strangs Ro Johnson
  • Courant (pp.85-85) (Robert Ballard)
  • A fancy (pp.86-87) (John Dowland)
  • A fancy (pp.88-90) (?John Dowland)
  • Galliard (pp.90-91) (Robert Johnson) or (Richard Allison). f.46r Ro Johnson
  • La Bergere (consort lute part) (pp.91-92) (Philip Rosseter). f.46v Roseter
  • Mounsieur's almain (pp.93-93) (N.N.)
  • Galliard (pp.94-95) (Philip Rosseter)
  • Rosamund (pp.96-97) (John Danyel). f.49r Rosamund
  • Pavan (pp.98-99) (John Danyel). f.50r Jo Da
  • Farewell (pp.100-101) (John Dowland). f.51r fortune
  • Galliard (pp.102-103) (Anthony Holborne). f.52r Responce. A Holburne
  • Butts (pp.103-103) (N.N.). f.52r Butts
  • Il nodo gordia (pp.104-105) (Anthony Holborne)
  • Courant (pp.105-105) (N.N.). f.53r Curranta
  • Courant (pp.105-105) (N.N.). f.53r Curranta
  • Mounsieur's almain (pp.106-107) (N.N.). Note: duet treble, fits Morley; The piece is written on f.53v-f.54r and the ending (sign) is on f.53v.
  • Courant (pp.108-108) (N.N.). f.54v Curranta
  • Courant (pp.109-109) (N.N.). f.55r Curranta
  • A toy (pp.109-109) (N.N.). f.55r A Toy
  • Volta (pp.110-110) (N.N.). f.55v Volte
  • Courant (pp.111-111) (N.N.)
  • Courant (pp.112-112) (Julien Perrichon). f.56v Currant
  • Courant (pp.112-113) (N.N.). f.57r Currant
  • Courant (pp.113-113) (Charles Bocquet). f.57r Curranta
  • Vous me iures Bergere (courant) (pp.114-114) (N.N.)
  • Untitled (pp.114-114) (N.N.)
  • La ballet des folles (pp.114-115) (N.N.). f.57v La ballet des folles
  • Courant (pp.115-115) (N.N.). f.58r Currant
  • Brett's Courant (pp.115-115) (N.N.). f.58r Volta
  • Volta (pp.116-116) (N.N.). f.58v Volte
  • Courant (pp.117-117) (N.N.). f.59r Currant
  • Galliard (pp.118-119) (William Byrd); arr.: (Francis Cutting)
  • Galliard (pp.119-119) (N.N.)
  • In nomine galliard (pp.120-120) (Nicholas Strogers)
  • In nomine (pp.121-121) (John Taverner). f.61r Tauerns In nmoie
  • Galliard (pp.122-123) (N.N.)
  • The fairy round (galliard) (pp.123-123) (Anthony Holborne). f.62r The farry rownde
  • What if a day (pp.124-124) (?John Dowland)
  • Mall Sims (pp.124-125) (N.N.). f.63r Mall Sims
  • Leaves be green (pp.126-127) (?Johnson, John, M.A.) Note: duet treble
  • Courant (pp.128-128) (N.N.). f.64v Currant
  • Courant (pp.128-128) (N.N.)
  • Courant (pp.129-129) (N.N.)
  • Courant (pp.129-129) (N.N.)
  • Pavan (pp.130-131) (Edward Collard). f.66r Edw: Collarde
  • Galliard (pp.132-133) (Anthony Holborne). f.67r Galliarde A Holburne
  • Wanton (pp.133-133) (Anthony Holborne). f.67r Wanton A H
  • J'aimerai toujours, ma Phyllis (pp.133-133) (N.N.). f.67r J
  • Walsingham (pp.134-135) (John Dowland). f.68r Wallsingham Jo Dowland
  • Loth to depart (pp.136-138) (John Dowland). f.69v Lth to wland
  • Paradizo pavan (pp.139-139) (Anthony Holborne). f.70r Countesse of Penbrookes Paradice
  • Pavan (pp.140-142) (Daniel Bacheler). f.71v Dan Bach
  • The image of melancholy (pavan) (pp.142-143) (Anthony Holborne). f.72r Image of Melancholly
  • Whip of Dunbain (pp.144-144) (N.N.)
  • Sick tune (pp.145-144) (N.N.). Note: The piece begins on f.73r and continues (sign) on f.72v.
  • Piper's Galliard (pp.146-146) (John Dowland). Note: The final three bars are missing
  • Galliard (pp.147-147) (Francis Cutting). f.74r fr Cutting
  • Galliard (pp.148-148) (Robert Johnson) or (Richard Allison). f.74v R Johnson
  • Courant (pp.149-149) (Julien Perrichon). f.75r Mr Mathias
  • Courant (pp.150-150) (Mathias Mason). f.75v Mr Mathias
  • Almain (pp.151-151) (Jeremy Chamberlain). f.76r Jeremy Chamberlayne
  • Jig (pp.151-151) (Jeremy Chamberlain). f.76r Jer Chamberlaine
  • Fantasia (pp.152-153) (N.N.). f.77r fantazia
  • Jiggy joggy (pp.153-153) (N.N.). f.77r Jiggy joggy
  • Offertory (pp.154-161) (Thomas Tallis). Note: For keyboard sources. f.77v Mr Tallis his Offetory
  • Jig (pp.162-162) (N.N.). Note: Probably dedicated to the actor John Singer (fl. 1583-1603); for bandora. f.81v Band. / Jo Singer
  • Grimstock (pp.162-162) (N.N.). f.81v Grimstock
  • The shepherd (pp.162-162) (N.N.). Note: For bandora. f.81v The shepherd
  • Robin Hood (pp.162-162) (N.N.). Note: For bandora. f.81v Robin houd
  • Gathering peascods (pp.163-163) (John Johnson). Note: For bandora. f.82r Jo Johnsons Allmaine
  • Bonny sweet boy (pp.163-163) (N.N.). f.82r Bony sweet boy
  • The Spanish pavan (pp.164-165) (N.N.). f.83r The Spanish Paven
  • Almain (pp.166-166) (N.N.)
  • Almain? (pp.166-167) (N.N.)
  • A jig (pp.167-167) (N.N.). f.84r A Jigge
  • Hermoza galliard (pp.167-167) (Anthony Holborne). f.84r Mr Southcote Galliarde
  • Fantasia (pp.168-169) (Anthony Holborne). f.85r Fantazia
  • A jig (pp.169-169) (N.N.). f.85r Jigg
  • James's Galliard (pp.170-170) (James Harding). f.85v Division to Ja Gall.
  • A fancy (pp.172-173) (N.N.). f.86v fancy / a fancy
  • Courant (pp.173-173) (Robert Ballard). Note: First three bars only
  • Robinson's may (almain) (pp.174-174) (?Thomas Robinson)
  • Almain (pp.174-174) (N.N.)
  • Lord Zouche's maske (pp.175-175) (N.N.)
  • Almain? (pp.175-175) (N.N.)
  • Untitled (pp.176-176) (N.N.). Note: duet treble. f.88v R Askue
  • Fortune (pp.177-177) (N.N.). Note: duet treble. f.89r fortune
  • Untitled (pp.178-178) (N.N.). Note: duet treble
  • Almain? (pp.179-179) (N.N.)
  • My Lord Chamberlain's galliard (pp.179-179) (John Dowland). Note: treble part
  • Flat pavan (pp.180-181) (John Johnson). Note: consort part. f.91r flatt pauen
  • Lady Rich's galliard (pp.182-182) (John Dowland)
  • Untitled (pp.183-183) (N.N.). Note: For lute in transitional tuning (fefhf)
  • Robinson's may (almain) (pp.183-183) (?Thomas Robinson). f.92r Robinsons May
  • Almain? (pp.184-184) (N.N.)
  • Flat galliard (pp.184-184) (John Johnson). Note: A strain and repeat only.
  • Quadran pavan (pp.186-187) (John Johnson). f.94r Jo Johnson
  • The King of Denmark's galliard (Battle galliard; The most high and mighty Christianus the fourth, King of Denmark, his galliard) (pp.188-188) (John Dowland). f.94v Dowlands plus in prima p
  • Prelude? (pp.190-190) (N.N.). Note: For lyra viol in Traficante tuning no. 33, luteway
  • Up tails all (pp.190-190) (N.N.)
Dedication see below
(Possibly) Anthony Mildmay of Apethorp (d. 1617) (John Dowland: Mr Mildmays Galliard)
Edward Alleyn (1566-1626) (John Johnson: Gathering peascods)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation lute, bandora, lyra viol
Extra Information In the 1960s Ian Harwood (1931-2011) assigned 9 manuscripts to be copied by Mathew Holmes probably in the time from 1588, when he was Precentor and Singingman of Christ Church in Oxford, along 1597, when he went to Westminster Abbey in London and there until his death in 1621. Thereof 4 manuscripts can be seen as the source for the renaissance (solo) lute in Britain.

There are several items where a real or virtual "?" should be added, caused by a disputable origin. Going to the linked place at the Cambridge University Library, clicking on "show the metadata" may help sometimes to broaden the information. Old manuscripts are often damaged somehow, and they are sometimes rebound later on, causing trouble if the folios are assorted in a different way as before. It is not always going straight on with a piece, e.g. from folio 20r to 20v. As well, in the 4 volumes a few fragments are included that can't really be seen as a whole piece. If there is text, Holmes added it often (but not always) at the end of the piece. In the listing used here e.g. "(pp.99-100)" locates the place in the pdf-file. If there is e.g. a "f.21v Fantazia. Alfonso Ferabosco" at the end of an item, a (re-/decrypted) handwritten text is located at folio 21v. To make it not that easy: yes, in the manuscript there might be a doubled numbering with a pencil and you have to find out which is the right one! ;-) The information collected at the Cambridge University Library comes from John H. Robinson (Lute Society) and, of course, it is based on the knowledge and work of a number of others.