Thomas Jefferson’s Music


This page contains a transcription of “The Music Section of Jefferson’s Catalogue of 1783″ and “An Inventory of the Collections of Jefferson Family Music”, Appendices I and II of Thomas Jefferson and Music by Helen Cripe (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1974), pp. 97-128. The electronic version was created with the permission of the University Press of Virginia and the Jefferson Memorial Foundation.

Jefferson’s manuscript catalog of the library he collected after he lost his first to fire was dated March 6, 1783. Chapters 35-37 enumerate music he owned (indicated by check-marks in the original and by the equal sign in this transcription), but do not indicate the music from the collection that survives today. The Monticello Music Collection is the music of the Jefferson family that survives, and represents not only a few items from Jefferson’s 1783 catalog, but also the music collected by his daughter and grandchildren. It is on deposit from the Jefferson Memorial Foundation in the Special Collections Department of Alderman Library. Annotations in Special Collections’ copy of Cripe’s work are included and marked like so [Spec. Coll.: <annotation text>].


Jefferson’s Catalogue of 1783 Jefferson Family Music
Chap. 35
Chap. 36
Chap. 37
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Helen Cripe. Thomas Jefferson and Music. Appendix I, pp. 97-104.

Jefferson’s Catalogue of 1783 Transcription of the Music Section1

5. Music. Chap. 35. Theory.

  • = Holden’s essay towards a rational system of music.
  • = Jackson’s scheme of sounds with the preliminary discourse.
  • The same.
  • = Bremner’s rudiments of music. 12mo.
  • = Burney’s present state of music in Italy 8vo.
  • = Burney’s present state of music in Germany 8vo.
  • Burney’s history of music.
  • in 1 vol. fol.
    • = Geminiani’s art of playing the violin
    • = Geminiani’s rules for playing in taste
  • = Heck’s art of playing the harpsichord
  • = Compleat tutor for the harpsichord.
  • in 1 vol. fol.
    • = Pasquali’s art of fingering the harpsichord.
    • = Pasquali’s Thorough bass made easy
    • = Zuccari’s method of playing Adagios
  • Miss Ford’s instructions for playing on the musical glasses.
  • Compleat tutor for the German flute.
  • = Hoegi’s tabular system of minuets.
  • Rivoluzioni del teatro musicale Italiano. dal Arteaga. 3 v. 8vo.

Chap. 36 Vocal

  • = La buona figliuola del Piccini
  • Alfred, a masque
  • Artaxerxes
  • = Love in a Village
  • = Thomas and Sally
  • = The Padlock
  • = The Deserter
  • The Beggar’s Opera
  • = Handel’s Alexander’s feast, the words by Dryden
  • = Handel’s Coronation anthems
  • = Handel’s Funeral anthems
  • = Stabat mater by Pergolesi
  • = Pope’s ode by the same
  • Henry Purcell’s Harmonia sacra. 2.v.
  • = Daniel Purcell’s psalms set for the organ.
  • Playford’s book of psalms
  • Purcell’s 50 psalms set to Music
  • The [ ? ] companion, a collection of hymns and anthems.
  • Butt’s miscellany of sacred music.
  • = Purcell’s Orpheus Britannicus. fol.
  • = The same.
  • Howard. British Orpheus. 6 books
  • = Clio & Euterpe. 3. v. 8vo.
  • = Arne’s Lyric harmony, op. 4 th.
  • Arne’s Select English songs, 9 books.
  • = Baildon’s Laurel 2d book.
  • = Hayden’s Cantatas.
  • Pasquali’s songs.
  • Jackson’s songs.
  • = Drinking songs. 2 books
  • = Curtis’s Jessamine
  • = Bach’s songs 2d collection
  • = Heron’s songs books 4th & 5th
  • = Favorite songs published by Bremner
  • = Dibdon’s songs 8vo
  • = book of songs 8vo
  • = Book of songs folio.

Chap. 37 Instrumental

  • = Corelli’s concertos in parts.
  • = Vivaldi’s concertos in parts.
  • = 12 Concertos chosen from the works of Vivaldi. 1st part.
  • Vivaldi’s Cuckoo & Extravaganza
  • Hasse’s grand Concerto
  • Pergolesi’s Overtures
  • = Handel’s 60 overtures from all his Operas and Oratorios, 8 parts
  • = E. of Kelly’s Overtures in 8 parts, Op. 1 (2d violin wanting)
  • = Arne’s Clarke’s Lampe’s medley overtures in parts
  • = Abel’s overtures in 8 parts, op. 1
  • = Howard’s Overtures in the Amorous goddess in parts.
  • = Corelli’s Sonatas.
  • 4 operas by Cooke. 4 parts.
  • in 3 parts. 3 vols.
    • = Corelli’s Sonatas op. 7th
    • = Lampugnani’s Sonatas op. 1
  • in 4 vols.
    • = Corelli’s Sonatas. 4 operas
    • = Pasquali’s 12 Sonatas in 2 sets
    • = Humphries’ Sonatas
  • = Corelli’s 6 Sonatas, Op. 3
  • = Martini of Milan’s Sonatas. Op. =1. =2. =3. 4.
  • = Abel Overtures Op. 1 in 3 parts
  • = Lampugnani’s Sonatas.
  • = Giardini’s 6 trios, op. 17.
  • = Campioni’s Sonatas Op. =1. 2. =3. 4. =5. 6. =7.
  • = Humble’s Sonatas
  • = Boccherini’s Sonatas op. =2. =11.
  • = Gasparini’s Sonatas.
  • = M.S. Sonatas by Kammel, Vanhall, & Schwindel
  • = Campioni’s 6. duets.
  • = Roeser’s 6 duets, op. 2
  • = Godwin’s 6 duets.
  • in 2 vols. folio.
    • = Tessarini’s duets, op. 2
    • = Bezossi’s duets.
    • = Martini of Milan’s duets op. =4. =7. =10.
    • = Battino’s duets
    • = Figlio’s nocturnes
    • = Figlio’s duets
    • = Campioni’s duets op. 8
    • = Degiardino’s duets op. =2. =13.
  • 3 v.
    • = Campioni’s Sonatas, viz. op. 1. Paris
      • 1. 3. =5. 6. London
      • 6. Amsterdam
      • 7. London
      • Duets.
  • in vols.
    • Sonatas
      • Abel op. 1st
      • Agrel 3d
      • Boccherini 2d and 11th
      • Gasparini
      • Giardini 17th
      • Haydn 1st. 2d. 3d. 47th. 48th
      • Humble
      • Just. 8th
      • Kammel. 5th
      • Lampugnani 1st.
      • Lampugnani & Martini. 2d.
      • Martini. 1st.
      • Pugnani. 10th
      • Schwindel, Kammel, Vanhall
    • Concertos
      • Sinfonias.
      • Corelli. 6th
      • Haydn. 51st-52d.
      • Kelly
      • Pleyel 5th and 6th.
      • Valentine.
      • Vivaldi.
  • in 2 vols.
    • Duets
      • Borghi op. 4th
      • Chinzer 2d
      • Godwin
      • Haydn 9th
      • Martini 5th
      • Roeser 2d
    • Single parts
      • Corelli 6th
      • Vivaldi
  • = Corelli’s Solos by Cooke.
  • 1 vol. fol.
    • = Corelli’s Solos, op. 5
    • = Vivaldi’s Solos, op. 2
    • = Tessarini’s solos, op. 2
    • = Wodizka’s solos.
    • = Campioni’s & Chabran’s solos.
  • 1 vol. fol.
    • = Geminiani’s 12. solos, op. 1.
    • = Degiardino’s 12. solos.
    • = Degiardino’s 6. harpsichord sonatas, op. 3
  • in 1 vol. fol.
    • = Burgess’s lessons for the harpsichord.
    • = Boccherini’s Sonatas for the harpsichord.
    • = Felton’s Concertos, op. 1
    • = Stamitz’s concertos for the harpsichord
  • in 1 vol. fol.
    • = Bremner’s harpsichord miscellany
    • = Hardin’s lessons for the harpsichord.
    • = Abel’s Overtures
    • = Periodical Overtures for the harpsichord.
  • = Heron’s voluntaries
  • = Bach’s Sonatas Op. 10
  • in 1 vol. fol.
    • = Arnold’s Sonatas for the harpsichord.
    • = Love in a Village
  • Handel’s lessons
  • Lully’s lessons.
  • Felton’s lessons.
  • Stanley’s solos.
  • = Geminiani’s minuet
  • = Minuets, country dances, and several books
  • = Thumoth’s English, Scotch, & Irish airs.
  • = Thumoth’s Scotch and Irish airs.
  • = Pocket companion for the German flute. 8vo.
  • Pugnani’s Solos, op. 3.

Helen Cripe. Thomas Jefferson and Music. Appendix I, p. [105]-128.

Collections of Jefferson Family Music

Part 1

Monticello music collection: Manuscripts Department, Alderman Library, ViU, Acc. No. 3177. [Spec. Coll: Acc. No. 3177-A, Call No. MF 2256-2260] When this collection was acquired, it was sorted and stored in six boxes and one oversize box. For convenience, I itemize it according to the manner in which it is presently stored.

Box 1, folder 1:

Minuets with their Basses … for German Flute, Violin, or Harpsichord. [London, ca. 1753]. This book contains about 110 short minuets, some with names and some without. Those named are generally named after some person, or simply after the composer.

Box 1, folder 2:

Manuscript music book containing a mixture of songs, hymns, excerpts from Corelli violin solos, minuets, and scales and preludes in all of the major and minor keys. Several hands are represented, and some of the writing has been identified as that of Martha Wayles Jefferson.

Box 1, folder 3:

Several individual pieces of music bound into one volume:

  • Stabat Mater, composed by Sigr. [Giovanni Battista] Pergolesi. [London, ca. 1749].
  • An Ode — The Dying Christian to His Soul, by Mr. [Alexander] Pope … adapted to the principal airs of the hymn, Stabat Mater, composed by Pergolesi. [London, ca. 1764].
  • The Anthem Which Was Performed in Westminster Abbey at the Funeral of Her most Sacred Majesty, Queen Caroline. Composed by Mr. [Georg Friedrich] Handel. Vol. II. [London, ca. 1770].
  • Handel’s Celebrated Coronation Anthems [three] in Score, for Voices and Instruments. Vol. I, [London, 1743].

Box 1, folder 4:

The Psalms Set Full for the Organ or Harpsichord, by Mr. Daniel Purcell, [London, n.d.] Several have the words written in, possibly in Martha Randolph’s handwriting. The book contains:

  • “Canterbury Tune,”
  • “York Tune,”
  • “Southwell Tune,”
  • “St. Mary’s Tune,”
  • “100th Psalm Tune,”
  • “Windsor Tune,”
  • “London Tune,”
  • “St. David’s Tune” (one of TJ’s favorites),
  • “119th Psalm Tune,”
  • “148th Psalm Tune,”
  • “113th Psalm Tune.”

Box 1, folder 5 (filed in oversize box):

Songs and Duets composed by Mrs. Cosway. 8 pages of short songs and duets in Italian, with harp accompaniment. Seven Songs by Francis Hopkinson, [ca. 1784]. Hopkinson dedicated these songs to George Washington. He sent Washington and Jefferson each a copy of them in December, 1788.

Box 1, folder 6:

Volume of several groups of selections, bound together:

  • The Harpsichord or Spinnet Miscellany … by Robert Bremner. [London, ca. 1765].
  • Six Sonatas for the Piano-Forte or Harpsichord, Composed by Sigr. C. E. [Carl Philip Emanuel] Bach. [ca. 1775].
  • Eight Lessons for the Harpsichord, Composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. [London, ca. 1771].
  • Variations for the Harpsichord to a Minuet of Corelli’s, the Gavot in Otho [by Handel], and the Old Highland Laddie, by J. Snow. [London, ca. 1769].
  • Six Favorite Overtures Adapted for the Harpsichord or Organ, Composed by C[hristian] F[erdinand] Abel. [London, ca. 1769-75].

Box 2, folder 7:

  • Six Concerto [sic], pour le Clavecin ou le Forte-Piano … Composed by J. S. Schroetter. Oeuvre III. [Paris, ca. 1785].
  • Ouverture et Airs de Ballets D’Alexandre aux Indies, by de Mereaux, arranged for Clavecin or Forte-Piano by the author …. [ca. 1765].

Box 2, folder 8:

Green bound volume of manuscript music, entitled Sonatas Pour le Clavecin par differens auteurs 1788. Contains:

  • Pasquali’s method of tuning the harpsichord
  • Sonata — Ferdinand Stoes
  • Rondeau Sonata — Ernest Eixner [Eichnerl]
  • “The Merman’s Song” –Haydn
  • Overture from Alexandre Aux Indies [by de Mereaux]
  • Duke of York’s March
  • Chorus — des Vovageurs de la Caravanne
  • “The Shipwrecked Seaman’s Ghost”
  • “Tis Not the Bloom on Damon’s Cheek”

There are several much smaller sheets in this volume that are obviously not part of it, but were just placed there. They contain:

  • “Black Eyed Susan,”
  • “Two Catches,”
  • “War Song” — from Moore,
  • “Dulce Domum,”
  • “My Nanie O.”

Box 2, folder 9:

Bound volume, with green cover, contains:

  • Quatre Sonates pour la Harpe … by [Valentino] Nicolai
  • Trois Sonates Pour la Clavecin ou le Piano-Forte … by Nicolai
  • Trois Duos Concertants pour le Clavecin on Forte-Piano … by Nicolai

All of these are typical of the many selections published in arrangements for solo instrument and thoroughbass. The keyboard instrument played the thoroughbass and any instrument could be used for the solo — usually the violin or flute was used. These selections by Nicolai were published in France, ca. 1780-83. In this folder there is also an additional folder of loose pieces of manuscript music and a printed song from Handel’s Alexander’s Feast. They were removed from the collection a number of years ago, and the person who removed them did not know exactly where to put them back.

Box 2, folder 10:

Bound volume, with green cover, contains:

  • Sei Sonate de Cembalo e Violino Obligato da Luigi Boccherini, Opera V, [Paris, ca. 1780].
  • Six Sonates pour le Clavecin avec Accompagnement d’un Violon ad Libitum par Mr. [Johann Friedrich] Edelman, Oeuvre I, [Paris, ca. 1780]
  • Trois Sonates en Trio pour le Clavecin … violin et violoncello, par Ernesto Eichner, [Paris, ca. 1780].

Box 3, folder 11:

Bound volume, with brown cover, contains:

  • XII Solos for a Violin with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsichord or Violincello, composed by Arcanogelo Corelli, [London, ca. 1740]. op. 5.
  • XII Solos for a Violin with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsichord or Bass Violin, Composed by Antonio Vivaldi, [London, ca. 1721]. Op. 2.
  • XII Solos for a German Flute, or Hoboy or a Violin with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsichord or Bass Violin, composed by Carlo Tessarini, [London, ca. 1736]. op. 2.
  • Six Solos for a Violin and Bass, Composed by Wenceslaus Wodizka, [London, ca. 1750]. Op. 1.
  • Six Favorite Solos for a Violin with a Bass for the Violincello and Harpsichord, Composed by [Carlo Antonio] Campioni and Sigr. Chabran, [London, ca. 1760].

Box 3, folder 12:

Bound volume, with cover missing, contains:

  • “Overture” to Artaxerxes, by T. A. Arne, [London, ca. 1790].
  • Haydn’s Celebrated Overture — harpsichord or pianoforte Two Grand Sonatas, for the Piano Forte or Harpsichord, with an Accompaniment for the Violin … by Ignace Pleyel, [London, ca. 1790].
  • Three Sonatas for the Piano Forte or Harpsichord … by E[rnesto] Eichner, [London, ca. 1790].

The following are issues of: Bland’s Collection of Sonatas, Lessons, Overtures, Capricios, Divertimentos, &c, &c for the harpsichord or pianoforte without accompaniment, by the Most Esteemed Composers. This series was published in London, ca. 1790-94.

  • No. 21, Vol 2:
    • Edelman’s Sonata I, Op. 1
    • Vento — Sonata
  • No. 22, Vol 2:
    • Edelman’s Sonata I, Op. 16
    • Overture to The Bastile Edelman’s Sonata II, Op. 16
  • No. 28, Vol 3:
    • Pleyel’s “Cottage Maid”
    • Edelman’s Third Sonata, Op. 8
  • No. 29, Vol 3:
    • Edelman’s Third Sonata, Op. 16
    • Martini’s Grand Overture to Henry the Fourth
  • No. 38, Vol 1:4:
    • Gluck’s Overture — Paradie ed Elena
    • Edelman’s Sonata IV, Op. 16
  • No. 42, Vol 3:4:
    • Overture Oedipe à Colonne, Arranged by Lachnitth
    • Eichner’s fourth Sonata
    • Haydn’s Grand Orchestra Sinfonie, adapted for Piano Forte or Harpsichord. With an Accompaniment for Violin by Rimbault, [London, ca. 1785].
    • Haydn’s Grand Orchestra Sinfonie … at the Nobility’s Concerts. Adapted for Organ, Harpsichord, or Piano Forte. [London, ca. 1785.]
    • Concerto, pour le Clavecin … by J. C. Fischer, Berlin and Amsterdam, n.d.

Box 3, folder 13:

Several loose sheets, some unidentifiable: “The Plain Gold Ring,” “Buy a Broom,” “I’d Be a Butterfly,” “Let Us Haste to Kelvin Grove” Overture to The Deserter, 12 pages of unidentifiable sheets

Box 3, folder 14:

Bound volume, with green cover, contains:

  • Pieces de Clavecin par M. Balbastre, [Paris, ca. 1765] — a group of 16 short pieces
  • Trois Quatuors de Mr. Ignace Pleyel …. [Paris, ca. 1785].
  • Trois Sonates pour le Clavecin … by Leopold Kozeluch, [Paris, ca. 1788].
  • Trois Sonates pour Clavecin … by J. S. Schroetter, [Paris, ca. 1785].
  • A Duett for two Performers on One Forte Piano, by Sigr. [Muzio] Clementi, op. VI, [London, ca. 1786].

Box 4, folder 15:

Bound volume, with green cover, contains:

  • Six Sonatas pour le Clavecin … par Jean Cretien Bach [Oeuvre V] [Paris, ca. 1780].
  • La Chasse pour le Clavecin … par Muzio Clementi, Oeuvre XVI, [London, ca. 1786].
  • Trio pour le Clavecin … Violon … par W[olfgang] A[madeus] Mozart, Ouevre 16, [ca. 1775, Paris].

Box 4, folder 16:

Manuscript book of songs, waltzes, melodies from operas, tables of note values and rests, and miscellaneous unidentifiable pieces, in several different handwritings. Leaves of music are tied together with string.

Box 4, folder 17:

Unidentifiable printed scraps and fragments, including six sonatas.

Box 4, folder 18:

Trois Quatuors de M. Ignace Pleyel. With Violin accompanyment by [Ludwig Wenzil] Lachnitth, [Paris, ca. 1788].

Box 4, folder 19:

Ouverture de la Bonne Fille … arrangee Pour le Clavecin … par L. F. Despreaux, [Paris, ca. 1785].

Box 4, folder 20:

A group of selections from some operas popular in Paris during the Jeffersons’ stay there:

  • “Le Carillon des Trois Fermiers,”
  • “Trio d’Azor,”
  • “Air des Trois Fermiers,”
  • “Rose Chérie de Zemire et Azor,”
  • “Air de Trois Fermiers.”

There are notes and lyrics throughout the pieces in the handwriting of Martha Jefferson (Randolph).

Box 4, folder 21:

Unbound scrap containing two sonatas, or parts of two sonatas, by Edelman, Op. VII, for pianoforte and violin.

Box 4, folder 22:

Bound volume, with covers missing, contains: Harpsichord Sonatas by Dibdin Easy Lessons for Harpsichord … by Wagenseil Three minuets by Graff, Toeschi and Tenducci Sonata by Pescetti Lessons by Giovanni, Rutini, Green, and Castrucci [London, ca. 1770-80].

Box 4, folder 23:

Bound volume, containing three small volumes of French songs, mainly pastorals, romances, and rondos:

  • Recueil de Petits Airs … Darondeau, Oeuvre VI, [Paris, ca. 1785].
  • Recueil de Romances et D’Ariettes … Darondeau, Oeuvre IV, [ca. 1785].
  • Recueil de Petits Airs de Chant … Martini, [ca. 1770].

Box,5, folder 24:

Large bound volume, with MISS JEFFERSON [sic] stamped in gold on the cover, contains:

  • Le Tout — Ensemble, de Musique, pour le Forte Piano, ou Clavecin avec Accompagnemens par les grands Maitres de L’Europe … [ca. 1786].

There are a few fragmentary and unidentifiable selections from this collection. Some of them are violin parts. Several pages of untitled manuscript music, inscribed “Maria Jefferson” at the beginning.

  • Niccolai’s Opera 3rd, Sonata III, IV, V, VI, [ca. 1785].
  • Six Sonatas … [keyboard and violin] [London, ca. 1790].
  • Sei Sonate … [keyboard and violin] [Lyon, ca. 1785].
  • Quatre Sonates … [harp, violin, bass] Oeuvre 111, [Paris, ca. 1770].
  • Unidentified sonatas 4, 5, and 6, arranged for piano duet.
  • Six Sonates … [keyboard and violin] … Valentin Nicolay, Oeuvre XI, [ca. 1785].
  • Concertos 1-4, op. XI-XV … Schobert [keyboard], [London, ca. 1790].
  • Sigr. [Joseph] Haydn’s Grand Orchestra Sinfonie [no. 1] as Performed at the Nobility’s Concerts, adapted for the Organ, Harpsichord or Piano Forte, [London, ca. 1785].
  • The Celebrated Overture La Chasse … Haydn [keyboard], [London, ca. 1785].
  • A Concerto [no. 3] … [keyboard and instruments] … J. F. Kloffler, [London, ca. 1780].
  • A Favorite Concerto … [keyboard and instruments] by Vincent Manfredini, [London, n.d.].
  • The Celebrated Overture [to Sinfonie II] … by Haydn [keyboard] [London, ca. 1790].
  • Three Sonatas [keyboard] … by Mozart, [London, ca. 1786].

Box 5, folder 25:

Bound volume, with green cover, contains:

  • Sonates in Quatuor pour le Clavecin … par Mr. Balbastre … Oeuvre III, [Paris, ca. 1780].
  • Six Sonates … [keyboard and violin] … Mr. [Muzio] Clementi, Oeuvre II, [Paris, ca. 1783].
  • Six Sonatas for the Piano Forte or the Clavecin … by Clementi, Opus IV, [London, ca. 1783].
  • La Chasse pour Le Clavecin ou Forte Piano par Leopold Kozeluch, Oeuvre V, [Vienne, ca. 1781].

Box 6, folder 26:

Bound volume, with green cover, contains:

  • Sonates pour le Clavecin … Opera V, par M. [Johann] Schobert, [Paris, ca. 1785].
  • Sonatas en Quatuor pour le Clavecin … Schobert, Oeuvre III, [Paris, ca. 1785].
  • Sinfonies pour le Clavecin … Schobert … Opera IX, [Pars, ca. 1785].
  • Sinfonies pour le Violon et Cors de Chasse … Schobert, Opera X, [Paris, ca. 1785].
  • Six Sonates pour Clavecin Ou Forte Piano … Jean Cretian Bach, Oeuvre XV, [Paris, ca. 1775-79].

Box 6, folder 27:

Manuscript and music book inscribed “Virginia J. Randolph.” Several different handwritings. Contains:

  • Overture to Lodoiska by Knetzer;
  • Dutch Minuet;
  • “Murphy Delany”;
  • “Jack Lahn”;
  • Variations to “Duncan Grey”;
  • song by Lord Lytellton;
  • “New Crazy Jane”;
  • “Arietta” from La Fausse Magie;
  • “Rural Felicity” with variations.

Box 6, folder 28:

Manuscript music book inscribed “Ellen Wayles Randolph, Eliza Waller, Jane Blair Cary.” Several different handwritings and many unidentified pieces. Contains:

  • “La Canonade” by Balbastre;
  • “God Save the Commonwealth”;
  • “Rise Cynthia Rise”;
  • “Lullaby”;
  • Sonata of Edelman;
  • German Waltz.

Box 6, folder 29 (in oversize box):

Many loose sheets of fragmentary manuscripts in various handwritings, a few pieces tied together with string. Contains:

  • “Vedrai Carino”;
  • “New York Serenading Waltz”;
  • “Fin Ch’han del vion” from Don Giovanni by Mozart;
  • “Aurora”;
  • “Batti Batti” from Don Giovanni by Mozart;
  • “Valse Hongroise”;
  • several vocal exercises;
  • Rondo de Paganini;
  • Air de Ballet;
  • “Charming Village Maid”;
  • “There’s Nothing True But Heaven”;
  • Musette D’Armide;
  • Air de Danse de Roland;
  • Sonata by Haydn;
  • Duo de Blaise et Babet;
  • “Ye Lingring Winds.”

Box 6, folder 30 (in oversize box):Manuscript music book, bound but fragmentary, contains:

  • Variations on Sicilian Hymn;
  • “Life Let Us Cherish”;
  • “The Knight Errant”;
  • “The Portrait”;
  • Hungarian Waltz;
  • “Come Rest in This Bosom”;
  • “The Ill Wife”;
  • A Favorite Scots Air;
  • Air in The Battle of Marengo;
  • “The Waltz Cotillion”;
  • Fin Ch’han del Vino”;
  • “De Tanti Palpiti”;
  • “Merrily Danced the Quaker’s Wife”;
  • “Je Suis Lindor” — Air du Barbier de Seville;
  • The Spanish Fandango;
  • “The Haunted Tower”;
  • Clementi’s Grand Waltz;
  • Overture of Panurge – Gretry;
  • Overture de Chimene;
  • Choeur de Voyageurs de la Caravanne;
  • Air Lison Dormoit;
  • “Home Sweet Home”;
  • “There’s Nae Luck About the House”;
  • vocal scales and exercises;
  • Bonaparte’s Grand March;
  • A Much Admired Waltz by Mozart;
  • “God Save the Emperor”;
  • “Lord Courtney”;
  • “Gramachree” — with variations.

Box 6, folder 31:

New and Complete Preceptor for the Spanish Guitar, Philadelphia, publ. by John Klemm, 1827, sold at P. Thompson, Washington. Contains 14 pages, some obviously missing: several pages of instructions and exercises; “Come Rest in This Bosom”; “Where Roses Wild Were Blowing”; “The Gallant Troubadour”; “Comin’ Thru the Rye”; “Draw the Sword Scotland.”

Box 6, folder 32:

Der Freischutz (opera) by Carl Maria von Weber. Complete score, inscribed on title page, “Margaretta Deverell.”

Box 6, folder 33:
Small manuscript music notebook of songs, in handwritings of Martha Jefferson Randolph and several others. Contains:

    • “A Poor Little Gvpsy” — by Arne;
    • “The Silver Moon” — by Hook;
    • “Owen,” a Welch Song;
    • “Ellen Aroon”;
    • “Flutt’ring Spread Thy Purple Pinions”;
    • Air du Barbier de Seville;
    • “Life Let Us Cherish”;
    • “Song in the Stranger”;
    • “Crazy Jane”;
    • “When Pensive I thought of My Love” — from Bluebeard;
    • “The Tear”;
    • “Poor Richard”;
    • “Ah! Gentle Hope”;
    • “The SailorBoy”;
    • “The Wedding Day”;
    • “Dear Nancy I’ve Sailed the World All Around”;
    • “M’ha Detto la mia mama” — by Martini;
    • “Thou Art Gone Awa’ Mary”;
    • “Flora”;
    • “A Prey to Tender Anguish”;
    • “Psalm 148″;
    • “Old 100th Psalm”;
    • “Psalm 134″;
    • “Psalm 57, verse 8″ by Handel;
    • “Psalm 146, verse 6″ by Handel
  • “Psalm 42, verse 9″ by Handel;
  • “Easter Hymn”;
  • “Sanctus”;
  • “Lewis Gordon”;
  • “Evening Hymn”;
  • “The Mermaids Song,” by Haydn;
  • “The Blind Boy”;
  • “Duke of York’s March.”

Box 6, folder 34:

Two pages of manuscript music and notes in the hand of Thomas Jefferson. Opening phrases of compositions of Carlo Antonio Campioni which Jefferson owned, inscribed “On this paper is noted the beginning of the several compositions of Campioni which are in possession of T. Jefferson. He would be glad to have everything else he has composed of Solos, Duets, or Trios. Printed copies would be preferred; but if not to be had, he would have them in manuscript.”

Part 2

A collection of eighteenth-century songs. Inscribed “John Wayles,” father-in-law of Thomas Jefferson.

This bound volume is in the Rare Book Room, ViU. It consists of several books of songs and many loose pieces of sheet music all bound together as one volume. In the last part of the volume, many of the loose pieces of sheet music were mounted on pages from the Bristol Journal, [ca. 1766-67]. [Spec. Coll.: McGregor A 1723-1790 .J4 no. 1-9 (folio)] Contents of the volume:

  • Lyric Harmony — 18 entire new ballads, with Colin and Phaebe [sic] in Score — performed at Vauxhall Gardens by Mrs. Arne and Mr. Lowe — composed by Thomas Augustine Arne — printed — Wm. Smith, Middle Row, Holborn, [ca. 1740-41].
  • “The Kind Inconstant”
  • “The Invitation”
  • “The Charms of Isabel”
  • “The Complaint”
  • “The Rover Reclaim’d”
  • “Philosophy no Remedy for Love”
  • “Colin’s Invitation”
  • “The Generous Distress’d”
  • “Kindness and Gracefull Air Preferr’d to Beauty”
  • “Cloe Generous as Fair”
  • “The Lovesick Invitation”
  • “The Fond Appeal”
  • “To a Lady, who, Being Asked by her Lover for a Token of Her Constancy, Gave Him a Knife”
  • “The Complaint”
  • “The Contest Between Love and Glory”
  • “The Dumps”
  • “The Happy Bride”
  • “Colin and Phaebe — a Pastoral”

A Second Collection of Favorite Songs Sung at Vauxhall – composed by J. C. Bach — printed by Welcker in Gerrard St., St. Ann’s, Soho, [ca. 1762-68].

  • “In This Shady Blest Retreat”
  • “Smiling Venus Goddess Dear”
  • “Tender Virgins Shun Deceivers”
  • “Lovely Yet Ungrateful Swain”

The Laurel Book II — English Songs and Cantatas — composed by Mr. Joseph Baildon — printed for I. Walker, in Catherine St. in the Strand, [ca. 1736-66].

Songs listed by first lines.

  • “Should fate in some kind hour decree”
  • “Believe not youth with wit or sense to gain the heart of woman”
  • “Haste, Lorenzo, hither fly” (as Jessica in The Merchant of Venice)
  • “Gentle Youth, ah! why this pressing”
  • “On pleasure’s smooth wings”
  • “In Cupid’s famed school”
  • “Bid me to live and I will live thy constant swain to be”
  • Cantata

(separate sheet) “The Love Rapture” — by Mr. Arne

The Jessamine collection of songs by Mr. Thomas Curtis, organist of St. Mildred’s, Bread St. Printed by I. Cox at Simpson’s Musick Shop in Sweeting’s Alley, opposite the East Door of the Royal Exchange, [ca. 1765-96].

  • “The Self Contest”
  • “The Confused Lover”
  • “Aminta’s Choice”
  • “Strephon’s Invitation”
  • “The Advice”
  • “Then Maidens Like Me Resolve to be Free”
  • “The True Britton”

The Ballads Sung by Mr. Dibdin this Evening at Ranclagh …. composed by Mr. Dibdin — printed and sold at the composer’s house, at the Lyre and Owl, in St. Martin’s Lane; at Mr. Griffin’s, bookseller in Catharine St; at Ranelagh House, [ca. 1764-76].

Listed by first lines.

  • “My Nancy was as neat jade”
  • “There was a fair maiden, her name it was Gillian”
  • (a 22-page “Conclusion Piece” — 4-part vocal, also instrumental)

Three Cantatas by Mr. G. Hayden [Haydn] printed John Johnson, Harp and Crown in Cheapside, [ca. 1740-62].

  • “Martillo”
  • “Thyrsis”
  • “Neptune and Amymone”

A Collection of Songs Sung at Marybone Gardens — by Mr. Rennoldson — music by Mr. Heron, organist of St. Magnus, London Bridge, and to the Earl of Peterborough — Book IV — Longman, Lukey and Co., 26 Cheapside, [ca. 1769-75].

  • “Young Collin”
  • “Dolly’s Petition”
  • “Damon and Phyllis”
  • “The Invitation”
  • “The Rose”
  • “The Moth”
  • “Polly”
  • “A Hunting Song”

[Same as above] Book V, 1771

  • “The Cuckoo”
  • “Damon”
  • “Stern Winter”
  • “Rise Glory”
  • “Patie” (Scotch Song)
  • “The Choice”

The Favorite Songs Sung At Ranelagh …. printed for Robert Bremner, Harp and Hautboy, opposite Somerset House in Strand, [ca. 1762-89].

  • “Come Ye Hours” — by Vento
  • “Not on Beauty’s Transient pleasure” — by Giardini
  • “Sylvia” — cantata, the words from Tasso’s Aminta
  • “Go, Lovely Rose” — the words taken from Waller’s poems
  • “Phyllis and Silvano”
  • “Cloris” — from Waller’s poems

The following are separate sheets of music, and comprise the last part of the bound volume:

  • “The Bee” — music by Mr. Collett
  • “The Adieux — set by Mr. Oswald
  • “Robin Hood”
  • “The Maying”
  • “Bacchus”
  • “The Fairest of the Fair”
  • “By My Sighs”
  • “The Rose”
  • A New Song — “Come Damon, come, oh haste away”
  • A Drinking Song sung at Sadler’s Wells
  • “The Banquet”
  • “Jolly Bacchus”
  • “The Farmer’s Description of London”
  • “Cupid God of Soft Persuasion” — from Love in a Village
  • “Damon” — set by Mr. Leonard Abingdon
  • “Volamente, a Rondeau — by Giardini
  • “The Jolly British Tar”
  • A Two-Part Song — set by Mr. H. Purcell, “Fill, fill, fill all the Glasses”
  • “The Mighty Bowl”
  • Song for Three Voices — Made on the Peace
  • A Song, with a Trumpet — set by Mr. Henry Purcell, Genius of England
  • A New Song — “Give us Glasses my Wench”
  • “Lovely Nancy” — with variations
  • A Song — “How Wellcome My Shepard’ — by Mr. Fischer
  • Sung by Mr. Prentice at Sadler’s Wells — “I’m a Hearty Good Fellow”
  • Sung by Mr. Jagger at Vauxhall — “In fancy our hopes and fears”
  • “The Pilgrim”
  • The Serenade — “My Bliss too long my Bride Denies” — from The Merchant of Venice
  • “Jockey” — favorite new Scotch Ballad (2 copies)
  • “In Praise of Woman”
  • “The Second Ode of Anacreon”
  • “Woman” — set by Mr. J. Soaper
  • “A Bacchanalian Song”
  • “Content” — a pastoral
  • “Time Made Prisoner”
  • “The Honest Fellow”
  • “The Ass”
  • “Push Around the Brisk Glass”
  • “Platos’s Advice”
  • “The Cottager”
  • “Delia” — by Dr. Arne
  • “Still in Hopes to Get the Better of My Stubborn Flame I Try” — Young Meadows’ Song in Love in a Village
  • “The Bird”
  • “May Eve, or Kate of Aberdeen”
  • “The Full Flowing Bowl”
  • “The Charms of a Bumper”
  • “On Friendship”
  • “This World is a Stage”
  • “Russell’s Triumph”
  • “The Father Away” — from Artaxerxes
  • “Make Hay Whilst the Sun Shines”
  • “The Spinning Wheel”
  • “To Keep My Gentle Jessy” — by Dr. Arne, from The Merchant of Venice”
  • “To Some Petty Sinner Go Wheedle and Whine”
  • “Well, Well, Say No More” — and, “There Was a Jolly Miller” — both from Love in a Village
  • “The Right Thinker”
  • “When All the Attic Fire was Fled”
  • “Rule Britannia” — by Dr. Arne
  • “The Confession”
  • “Anacreon on Himself”
  • “The Evening Adventure”
  • “Nottingham Ale”
  • The Bacchanalian — “While I quaff the rosy wine”
  • “Love and Wine in Alliance”
  • “Whilst I’m Carrouzing”
  • “Wine, Wine is Alone ye Brisk Fountain of Mirth”
  • “Woman for Man”
  • “The New Year’s Gift”
  • “Delia”
  • “English Ale”
  • “The Union of Love and Wine”
  • “Addressed to the Ladies at Ranelegh”
  • “Sparkling Champaign”
  • “Ye Fair Married Dames — from The Way to Keep Him — by Dr. Arne”
  • “Ye Famed Witty Nine” — sung in Praise of the Half-Moon Society “Ye Lads and Ye Lasses Who Bloom in Your Prime”
  • “Ye Mortals that Love Drinking”
  • “The Triumph of Bacchus”
  • A Song in Lethe — “Ye Mortals Whom Fancies and Troubles Perplex”
  • “Bacchus’ Invitation”
  • “Bagnigge Wells”
  • “Miss Dawson’s Hornpipe”
  • “Jack Latin”

Part 3

Manuscript music book, supposedly belonged to Martha Jefferson Randolph. Several unidentifiable selections and fragments of selections, along with the following listing. Ace. No. 7443-F, Manuscripts Department, ViU. [Spec. Coll.: M-2260]

  • Sonata du Même
  • Simphonie del Signor Wonesch
  • Sonata Del Signor Ernest Eichner
  • Rondo par Mr. Balbastre
  • [Italian song] — sung by Sigr. Pacchierotti
  • Ma Chère Amie — Sigr. Hook
  • The Mansion of Peace
  • [Italian song] — del Signor Mortellari
  • Airs Variés par Mr. Charpentier, Organiste
  • Aria Matinore Musette
  • Aria Triste Raison
  • La Petitte Poste de Paris
  • Menuet de Fischer
  • Air des Amours D’Eté
  • Les Folies D’Espagnes Variées
  • Ouverture La Buona Figliuola
  • La Triomphante — sonata
  • Ouverture de Chimene
  • Ballet de Chimene
  • Choeur des Voyageurs — de la Caravanne
  • Rondeau par J. B. Krumpholtz
  • Ouverture D’Iphigenie en Aulide
  • Symphonie del Signor Krumpholtz
  • March Querrier par Mr. Balbastre
  • La Canonade du Même
  • Symphonie du Même
  • La De Villiers Du Même
  • Sonata del Signor Scarlati
  • Les Sauvages — by Mr. Rameau
  • “In This Still Retirement,” and “Let Not Age Thy Bloom Ensnare,” — by Mr. Haydn
  • Pleyel’s Celebrated Quartette from his 5th suite called Le Tout Ensemble
  • Pleyel’s German Hymn with Variations — “Children of the Heavenly King”
  • “Adeste Fideles”
  • Duetto del Signor Vicenzo Martini

Part 4

Music manuscript notebook (ca. 1770). This notebook allegedly belonged to Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson. It contains words and music of several songs. Deposited with Manuscripts Department, ViU, by Mr. James A. Bear, Jr., Curator of Monticello. [Spec. Coll.: Acc. No. 5385-ab, M-2260]

  • Minuet — Mr. Clarke
  • Camilla
  • Almaine — Mr. Clarke
  • “Celia has a thousand charms”
  • Arietta Bononcini — for Camilla
  • Aurelia Singing … by Mr. Clarke
  • “The Silver Swans” — by Mr. Jeremiah Clarke
  • “Love and Folly”
  • “Fate has decried us”
  • “Boast No More, Fond Love”
  • Corant
  • Epithalamium … “Once Cloris Did Fly Me…”
  • A Ground
  • Symphony
  • Grave
  • “Hither, hither, gentle shepherd”
  • “If You In Love Such Tickling Joys”
  • “My Song Shall Be Always of the Loving Kindness of the Lord”
  • Ground by Coreili [Sonata, op. 5, no. 12, Follia con variaziones]
  • The Ponjury Son — in Indian Queen
  • A Song — Mr. Purcell
  • A Song in The Tempest — Mr. Purcell
  • An Italian Song
  • The Chorus in The Fairy Queen
  • Chorus in The Prophetess

Part 5

Monticello music collection, Curator’s Office, Monticello Acc. No. 71-6331

Folder A

Collection of sheets of music, tied together with string. Some of the pieces are individual editions of songs in sheet music form; a few are selections cut from other volumes. Inscribed “Elizabeth Virginia Lightfoot” and “Elizabeth Virginia Nicholas” in several places. Most of these pieces of music date from the 1790s. There is no way of telling how or when they came into the possession of the Jefferson family. The following list contains as much information on each piece of music in this folder as is available.

  • “The Caledonian Laddy.” Printed by Benjamin Carr and sold at his musical repositories in Philadelphia and New York, and by I. Carr in Baltimore. This edition represents pp. 2-3 in “The favorite songs,” by Mr. Hook, published in Philadelphia, [ca. 1794-95]. “Pauvre Jaque.” Also printed for Carr, [ca. 1796]. Song with pianoforte accompaniment, French and English words. Below the title is printed, “NB The small notes with the tails downwards must be sung to the French words.” This copy is rather washed out, and somebody has gone over parts of it with ink, to make the printing clearer. Sonneck (p. 327) gives Madame B. de Travanet as the composer.2
  • “Ma Belle Coquette.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment, by Mr. Hook, Printed for G. Willi, 165 Market St., Philadelphia, [ca. 1795-97].
  • “Here’s the Pretty Girl I Love.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment, composed by Mr. Hooke. Printed for J. Hewitt’s musical repository, 131 William St., New York; Published, Jan., 1798.
  • “Negro Philosophy.” Song, with Pianoforte accompaniment, written, composed, and sung by Mr. Dibdin in his new entertainment, called the “General Election.” Printed and sold at Hewitt’s and Carr’s. About a third of the second page has been cut off.
  • “The Confession.” A favorite canzonet with an accompaniment for harp or pianoforte, the music by an amateur. French words penciled in, part of last page missing. Printed by Longman and Broderip, 26 Cheapside and 13 Haymarket, London.
  • “The Sailor’s Journal.” Song with Pianoforte accompaniment, by Dibdin. Also titled “Nancy” or “Nancy, or the Sailor’s Journal.” Printed for Carr’s, 1797.
  • “Meg of Wapping.” Another selection from Dibdin’s “General Election.” Pianoforte accompaniment to song, last part of second page missing. Printed for Hewitt’s and Carr’s, published Dec. 1797-Jan. 1798.
  • “The Patent Coffin.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment, by Mr. Dibdin. Printed for Hewitt’s and Carr’s, 1797. Page 2 missing.
  • “Sweet Nan of Hampton Green.” Published by G. Willig, Philadelphia, n.d. Song with pianoforte accompaniment, guitar part on second page. Sonneck gives Hook as the composer and 1792-93 as the publication date.[2] This edition is a separate issue.
  • “Fair Aurora.” A “celebrated duett” in Artaxerxes, by Dr. Arne. Duet arrangement, pianoforte accompaniment with figured bass. Published by Mr. Trisobio [Filippo Trisobio, 66 North Front St., Philadelphia, 1796-98].
  • “Did Not Tyrant Custom Guide Me.” Song by Giordani, published by Trisobio (see above). This is a rather peculiar-looking edition, having the voice part written on the second of the three staves.
  • * “Within a Mile of Edinbourgh.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment from Stephen Storace’s musical farce, My Grandmother, performed at the New Theater, Philadelphia, April 27, 1795.
  • * “Ever Remember Me.” From Storace’s opera, The Pirates. Melody only (treble clef), with text in 3 verses.
  • * “The Drummer” (1st line: “How charming a camp is…”). From the opera, The Prisoner, by Thomas Attwood. Melody only (treble clef), with text. Begins in the middle of p. 56; p. 57 is missing.
  • * Unidentified; perhaps last 3 lines of “How Sweet When the Silver Moon” from The Purse or The Benevolent Tar by William Reeve. Page 53 of above.
  • * “The Delights of Wedded Love” (1st line: “Mark, my Alford all the joys”). Written and sung by Mrs. Melmoth in Samuel Arnold’s opera, The Children in the Wood. Performed, Jan. 2, 1795, New York. This copy is the bottom half of p. 53 of above.
  • * “Say How Can Words a Passion Feign.” Song from My Grandmother, see above, p. 54.
  • * “Favorite Country Dance Composd by Dibdin.” Two treble clef staves only, p. 54 of above.
  • “The Happy Dreamer.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment. No author or composer indicated. Printed and sold by G. Willig, 185 Market St., Philadelphia, [ca. 1798-1804].
  • “Water Parted From the Sea.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment, by Dr. Arne, from Artaxerxes, “and adorned with Italian graces by Mr. Trisobio.” [Filippo Trisobio, 66 N. Front St., Philadelphia, 1796-98].
  • “In My Pleasant Native Plains.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment. From The Carnival of Venice, by Thomas Linley, Sr. Performed in Philadelphia, 1796-97, and in New York, 1798. This song printed and sold by G. Willig, 185 Market St., Philadelphia, [ca. 1798-18O4].
  • “No More His Fears Alarming.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment. From Stephen Storace’s opera, The Pirates. Published by G. Willig, 165 Market St., Philadelphia, [ca. 1795-97].
  • “Two Bunches a Penny Primroses.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment and guitar arrangement. No publisher indicated, [ca. 1800].
  • “The Rose.” Song with pianoforte accompaniment. This copy has no imprint. The song was from Selima and Azor by Thomas Linley, Sr. It first appeared in a collection published in Philadelphia in 1789 by Alexander Reinagle, then as a separate piece of sheet music published by Willig, at the 185 Market St. address, [ca. 1798-1804].

Folder B

Pages 17-30 of a collection of songs. All of the pieces in this selection are written in one- or two-staff treble clef arrangements. Arrangements such as this were usually used for violin or flute. None of the songs have lyrics, or any evidence of composers or date of composition and publication. They probably date from the early 19th century. The following tunes are in this collection:

  • “Oft in the Stilly Night”
  • “Buy a Broom”
  • “Wha’ll Be King But Charlie”
  • “Willis Grand March”
  • “Quick Step”
  • “I’ve Been Roaming”
  • “The Rustic Reel”
  • “When Thy Bosom Heaves the Sigh”
  • “Love was Once a Little Boy”
  • “A Russian Quick Step”
  • “Blink Over the Burn, My Sweet Laddie”
  • “The Oracle Waltz”
  • “Let us Haste to Kelvin Grove”
  • “Boston Brigade March”
  • “LaFayettes Quick Step”
  • “Caspar” from Der Fryschutz [sic]
  • “Laughing Chorus” in Der Freyschutz [sic]
  • “Bertha”
  • “Henry”
  • “Caroline”
  • “Giovinetto Cavalier”
  • “The Plain Gold Ring”
  • “The Huntsman’s Chorus” in Der Freischutz [sic]

Folder C

Collection of miscellaneous pieces of sheet music for voice and pianoforte, some being separate sheet issues and some excerpts from other collections. They are in very bad shape. Someone has stitched them together with string. The following list includes whatever is known about each selection.

  • “Time.” A favorite sonnet composed by Pleyel. This particular edition was published in Dublin by Edmund Lee, No. 2 Dame St., near the Royal Exchange. Americans knew it as “Sonnet to Time” and it appeared in published American collections, [ca. 1799-1803].
  • “How Sweet the Love that Meets Return.” Composed by Mr. Hook and sung by Mrs. Kennedy. Sonneck lists no known place or date of publication, but places it sometime in the 1790s.
  • “Ca Ira.” French and English words. Published by Edmund Lee. Several American editions of this were available, 1793-96.
  • “Come Blushing Rose.” By Pleyel, published by Edmund Lee. Published in America in 1795.
  • “From Branch to Branch.” From the opera Lionel and Clarissa, music by Dibdin, libretto by Bickerstaff. This separate sheet published by Anne Lee, same address as Edmund Lee. The opera was performed in Philadelphia in 1792, and in various places through the 1790s.
  • “Poor Jack.” By Charles Dibdin. No identification on this sheet, but several editions of the song were published in America, 1794-98.
  • “Ariette de Blaise et Babet.” From Blaise et Babet, by N. Dezède. Words in French. No identification. Several American editions of the Overture from Blaise et Babet were published in America, 1789-1800.
  • “My Heavy Heart.” A favorite Scotch song sung by Miss Bertles, VauxHall. Page no. 21 appears in upper right-hand corner. This indicates that it could be from A Collection of Favorite Songs, Divided into Two Books. Arranged by Alexander Reinagle. Published, Philadelphia, [ca. 1789].
  • “Canzonet” (1st line: “Time has not thinned my flowing hair…Composed by W. Jackson. No. 22 in upper left-hand corner identifies it as the back of the preceding page from Reinagle’s book. Apparently, it had another page, which is missing.
  • “Donald.” A favorite Scots song. No. 25 in upper right-hand corner. No other identification.
  • “Moggy’s Complaint of Jockey.” No. 26 in upper left-hand corner on the back of the previous page. No other identification.

Folder D

Pieces of music from a book of B. F. Peale’s arrangement for Spanish Guitar, published by G. E. Blake of Philadelphia, July 29, 1826. Jefferson’s granddaughters, Cornelia Randolph, Virginia Randolph Trist, and Septimia Randolph Meikleham, all played the guitar. Jefferson bought Virginia an expensive Spanish guitar in 1816, and there are many passages in the family correspondence that mention the fact that she played it, probably rather well. The date of this guitar music indicates that it was very likely used by Virginia, and perhaps later by Cornelia and Septimia.

  • “Loudon’s Bonnie Woods and Braes”
  • “Waters of Elle”
  • “The Castilian Maid”
  • “Come Chace That Starting Tear Away”
  • “Tis Love in the Heart”
  • “I’ll Watch for Thee”
  • “Home” [“Home, Sweet Home”]
  • “The Harper’s Song”
  • “Slowly Wears the Day, Love”

Folder E

One-page manuscript fragment, “Row Gently Here — A Popular Venetian Air, from [?].” Piano and voice arrangement, with lyric.

Folder F

One-page sheet, “Flutt’ring Spread Thy Purple Pinions.” Piano and voice, with guitar and German flute parts. Published by John Lee, No. 70 Dame St., at the corner of Eustace St., Dublin, [ca. 1778-1803].

Folder G

Two pieces of sheet music, bound together with string.

  • “The Timid Tear” Words by Moore, music by Barry. Piano and voice. Published by G. E. Blake, No. 1 South 3rd. St., Philadelphia, 1803/04-1814].
  • “In Praise of the Fair” Adapted to the popular French air, “La Pipe de Tobac.” Piano and voice, with flute accompaniment. Also published by Blake. G. E. Blake came to the United States in 1793. These two pieces were probably published [ca. 1803-14].

Folder H

Miscellaneous pieces of manuscript music and lyrics in various hands, one of them Martha Jefferson Randolph’s.

  • “Copenhagen Waltz with Variations”
  • “Cottage Rondo” composed by Holst
  • “The Tyrolese Song of Liberty” by Thomas Moore. Begins on last line of page where “Cottage Rondo” ends. The next page may be part of it; it has the same key and time signatures.
  • “Mozart’s Favorite Waltz.” Starts in the middle of the back of the previous page; it may or may not be by Moore.
  • “Robin Adair.”
  • “Musette de Nina.”
  • “The Coronach.” Words by Scott, music by Dr. Clarke of Cambridge. One page of manuscript lyrics;
  • “The Ill Wife” [verses 2-6].
  • “Home, Sweet Home” [2 verses, in hand of Martha Jefferson Randolph, inscribed “Tufton, April 2nd, 1827”].
  • “There’s Nae Luck About the House” [verses 2-5].

Folder I

Fragment of a book of Scotch songs. Pp. v-vi of introduction, the table of contents, nos. 1-24 of the lyrics, and nos. 1-23 of the music are intact. Published, Blair-Sweet, Edinburgh, May 1, 1793.

Folder J

  • Six Ariettes Choisis, Avec Accompagnement D’un Clavecin ou Piano Forte Arrange Par Mr. L. Prix 4 livre 4 sols A Paris. Chez le Sr. Sieber Musicien rue St. Honore entre la rue D’orlean et Celle des vielles Etuves vis avis l’Hotel D’Aligre chez l’Apothicaire No. 92.
  • Air de Chimene (“Toi qui seul peut lire en mon coeur”)
  • Air de Didon (“Ah! que je fus bien inspiree”)
  • Air de Chimene (“Par donnes mon coeur vous offence”)
  • Air de Rodrigue dans Chimene (“Tout ce qui dut me rendre heureux tout ce que j’maimais dans la vie”)
  • De l’Acte de Tibule et Delie (“Je me prisais l’Amour”)
  • Air de l’Epreuve Villageoise (“Bon Dieu com heir a cete fete”)

Folder K

Miscellaneous sheets from several issues of a weekly music journal published in Paris. Voice and piano, or harpsichord.

  • Air from Dardanus (“Jour heureux”) 2nd year, No. 17.
  • Airs de Ballet d’Alexandre aux Indies [same as above]
  • Air d’Oedipe à Colone [Sacchini] (“Votre cour devint mon azile”) 3rd year, No. 19.
  • Air de Dardanus (“C’est un charme supreme qui suspendra mon tourment”) No. 44.


1. Transcription from Nolan, Carolyn Galbraith. “Thomas Jefferson: Gentleman Musician.” M.A. thesis. University of Virginia, 1967, pp. 112-19. Unlike the print version, this web document does not attempt to reproduce the page layout of Jefferson’s original. Jefferson’s check marks which indicate which items he actually possessed in his library have been transcribed in this web version as equal signs (=). [Return to text]

2. Sonneck, Oscar G. A Bibliography of Early American Secular Music. Rev. and enl. William Treat Upton. Washington, D.C.: Music Division, The Library of Congress, 1945. [Return to text]

* These selections are pp. 55-56 and 53-54 from No. 7 of the Gentleman’s Amusement, published ca. May 1796. According to the Music Division, DLC, this copy of pp. 53-54 is the only extant copy of this page. See Sonneck. See also correspondence: Mrs. Helen Cripe to Music Division, DLC, from Curator’s Office, Monticello, Nov. 10, 1971, and Music Division, DLC, to Mr. Bear and Mrs. Cripe, Nov. 22, 1971. [Return to text]