Peter Pelham music manuscript

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Peter Pelham music manuscript



Bound in full calf with blind tooling. Front cover inscription reads, "Scrap Book. B.M. Watson Jr. Plymouth, Mass." Inscription on page facing the inside cover reads that the book contains: “Lessons received on the spinnet from Peter Pelham” beginning November 1744 and continuing through January 1745. Contains notes on musical terms and styles, several minuets, arias, and other songs. Includes music by Handel and Charles Theodore Pachelbel. Pelham was a student of Pachelbel.

Table Of Contents

King George’s march -- Minuet -- Allmand -- Minuet / Robert Valentine -- The modest question / set by Russel -- Thro’ the wood laddie -- Gavotte / Handel -- A song in the masque of Comus -- Minuet / Lully -- No. 5 from Water music / Handel -- No. 11 from Water music / Handel; arr. Pelham -- Minuet / Pelham -- A song on a lady of quality / Marchant -- A song in the masque of Comus / Arne -- Combatti da forte : in the opera of Rinaldo / Handel -- A song / set to musick by Charles Theodore Pachelbel -- The happy shepherd / Greene -- Bonny Jean : a Scotch tune [traditional] -- Allexis: a cantata / Pepush [sic] -- Aria.


Has Version

Pelham, Peter and Joseph H. Butler. The Peter Pelham music manuscript of 1744 : an early American keyboard tutor. Colfax, N.C. : W. Leupold Editions, circa 2005.



Pelham, Peter, 1721-1805, “Peter Pelham music manuscript,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed February 5, 2023,

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