Austen Music Transcripts

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This collection consists of transcripts by Gillian Dooley of a selection of items from the Austen family music collections owned by the Jane Austen’s House Museum and descendants of the Austen family, and held at the Hampshire Records Office, Winchester, and at Chawton House Library. Many of these transcripts were made directly from the manuscripts during a research trip to England in 2010. Other items are transcriptions or arrangements of items in the collection found in other sources. A major research project at Southampton University, led by Professor Jeanice Brooks, is studying these collections and their place in the wider musical culture of the period. Digital images of the full collection of music are now available online at

For more information on my Austen music projects, see my Jane Austen's Music site.


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    Jane Austen: The French Connection
    ( 2020-10-17) Dooley, Gillian
    Concert program for Jane Austen: The French Connection, held at the Barr Smith Library Reading Room on Sunday 17 October 2020. A concert of French music from Jane Austen's music collection and that of her family. Songs by Paisiello, Devienne, Gretry, Storace and even (possibly) Queen Marie Antoinette, with music for solo harp by Krumpholtz and Dalayrac. Gillian Dooley (voice), Christine Morphett (harp), Mark Smith (cello).
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    Seaton Clifts
    (Southampton University Library (Internet Archive), 1785) Gillian Dooley (transcriber) ; Jane Austen (copyist) ; Philip Hayes (arranger)
    'To thy Cliffs rocky Seaton adieu. Adieu to Seaton Cliffs.' [Song.] ... The Words & Melody ... by a Gentleman of Oxford, at whose request Dr P. Hayes added a Bass and the Accompaniments.London : Printed for the Author ... by S. A. & P. Thompson, [1785?]. In Austen's manuscript she spells 'cliffs' as 'clifts'.
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    Pauvre Jacques
    (Southampton University Library (Internet Archive), 1789) Gillian Dooley (transcriber) ; Jane Austen (copyist) ; Marquise de Travenet (composer/lyricist) ; Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (composer/lyricist)
    This is a transcript of a manuscript song in one of Jane Austen's music books, digitised by the University of Southampton Library. No composer is given in the manuscript. Many arrangements of this tune are recorded in various indexes, in different keys. In some the tune is attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette and the words to the Marquise de Travenet (1753-1828), or vice versa. There is a French Wikipedia page for this song which gives details of the various theories and further references, and provides a date of 1789. It is supposed to have been inspired by the story of a Swiss dairy-maid employed by Marie Antoinette.
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    Laisse la sur l'herbette
    ( 1810) Gillian Dooley [transcriber] ; Austen, Jane [copyist] ; Pollet, Benoit (attrib.)
    Transcript of song in Jane Austen's handwriting in an album (catalogue no. CHWJA/19/7:18) digitised by University of Southampton at Internet Archive. Also includes English translation of words. Manuscript is online at A song with this title by Benoit Pollet is held by University of Oxford Library with the title 'Le refus'. The tune is the same, with a different accompaniment and slight variations in the ornamentation of the refrain, and the words of verse 3 have significant differences.
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    Jessy, or the happy pair
    (London Magazine, 1747) Gillian Dooley [transcriber] ; Moore, Edward
    Song from Austen music collections, CHWJA/19/1:20. Transcribed from manuscript for performance. MS available online at Words found in 'The Poetical Works of Edward Moore (London, 1806) p 143-4.
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    Colin and Lucy: a ballad in seven parts for high voice and piano
    (J. Dale, 1783) Gillian Dooley [transcriber] ; Giordani, Tommaso ; Tickell, Thomas ;
    Colin and Lucy (1783), A ballad in seven parts for high voice and piano; Music by Tommaso Giordani (c1730-1806), Words by Thomas Tickell (1685-1740), Transcribed and arranged for vocal duet by Gillian Dooley (2017) from the copy in the Austen Family Music Books reference no. CHWJA/19/8.