The Fantasia and Corant
in D minor survives only in an Oxford manuscript (Bodleian, Mus. Sch. C. 44). According to a note in the hand of Edward Lowe (the Oxford Professor of Music), it was ‘made to carry on the Meetinge at ye musick schoole. Thursday ye 16th Novem[ber] 1665’. At the time, Locke was in Oxford with the court, sheltering from the plague raging in London. There are parts for two violins and two bass viols, to which we have added a continuo for theorbos and organ, following Oxford practice. The Fantasia
seems to have been written specially for the occasion, but the Corant
is a version of a piece written for the Twenty-four Violins, and was pressed into service.
from notes by Peter Holman © 1995