New light on William Babell's development as a keyboard composer

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This article gives a detailed description of Bergamo, Biblioteca Musicale Gaetano Donizetti, Ms. XIV 8751 H.1, proposing that it is an important collection of music by William Babell (1688–1723), an English composer of German birth. Additionally, it discusses Babell’s borrowings from the French organist Jean-François Dandrieu (1681–1734), among them one of the movements from the harpsichord suite HWV441. This suite was published at the end of John Walsh’s unauthorized ‘Second Volume’ of Handel’s harpsichord music (1733), but is included in the Bergamo manuscript. The article also sheds light on Babell’s relationship with Handel’s music.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251–270
Number of pages19
JournalEarly Music
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • William Babell
  • Georg Frideric Handel
  • Jean- Francois Dandrieu
  • John Walsh
  • Henry Purcell
  • borrowing
  • authorship( )


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