'Pieces de viole de Mʳ Marais', compiled before 1685. Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Level of Description


  • [Before 1685.] (Creation)


  • 2 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The two volumes both contain, though in a slightly different order, the same fifty-nine pieces for bass viol by Marin Marais. Thirty-three of the pieces appear in the first two books of ‘Pièces à une et à deux violes’ (1686 and 1701), and one piece is in the third book of 1711. The remainder are otherwise unknown.

    These volumes have both been carefully compiled. The principal difference between them is that MS.9466, in addition to the editorial marking common to both, also has directions for bowing. For further consideration of the musical aspects of these volumes, see 'Marin Marais, The instrumental works’, volume ii, Appendix III.

  • Bibliography

    Marais, Marin. - 'Pièces à une et à deux violes’ (1686, 1701, 1711). - 'Marin Marais, the instrumental works’, volume ii, edited by John Hsu (New York, 1987).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1957.

  • Custodial History

    The manuscripts were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.