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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  • Austen Music Transcripts

    transcripts 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 ...
  • Concert Programs

    Concert Programs for Austen Music Performances

Recent Submissions

  • Jane Austen: The French Connection 

    Dooley, Gillian (2020-10-17)
    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 ...
  • Seaton Clifts 

    Gillian Dooley (transcriber); Jane Austen (copyist); Philip Hayes (arranger) (Southampton University Library (Internet Archive), 1785)
    '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 ... ...
  • Pauvre Jacques 

    Gillian Dooley (transcriber); Jane Austen (copyist); Marquise de Travenet (composer/lyricist); Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (composer/lyricist) (Southampton University Library (Internet Archive), 1789)
    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 ...
  • Laisse la sur l'herbette 

    Gillian Dooley [transcriber]; Austen, Jane [copyist]; Pollet, Benoit (attrib.) (1810)
    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 ...
  • Jessy, or the happy pair 

    Gillian Dooley [transcriber]; Moore, Edward (London Magazine, 1747)
    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 ...
  • Colin and Lucy: a ballad in seven parts for high voice and piano 

    Gillian Dooley [transcriber]; Giordani, Tommaso; Tickell, Thomas (J. Dale, 1783)
    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 ...
  • Jane Austen's Songs of the Sea [Concert program] 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary (South Australian Maritime Museum, 2017-11-04)
    Among the music in Jane Austen’s personal music collection are many songs about sailors and the sea. Britain was at war for most of Austen’s lifetime and two of her brothers were naval officers. The program includes songs ...
  • Dirges and Sad Ditties from Jane Austen's Music Collection [concert program] 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary (Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities, 2017-07-16)
    Program for closing concert of Immortal Austen conference (Adelaide: July 2017) presented by Flinders University. Performers were Gillian Dooley, Nicola Hardie Beveridge, Chris Rawlinson, Kirstine Moffat and Alistair Knight. ...
  • 'Thorough Bass and Human Nature: A Musical Tour Through Pride and Prejudice' [concert program] 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary; Damarell, Raechel; McCauley, Fiona (2012-11-04)
    The concert program from 'Thorough Bass and Human Nature: A Musical Tour through Pride and Prejudice', presented on Sunday 4 November 2012 at the State Library of South Australia. Gillian Dooley (soprano), Raechel Damarell ...
  • The Mansion of Peace 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Austen, Jane [transcriber]; Webbe, Samuel; McCauley, Fiona [arranger] (2012-01-23)
    Transcribed from sheet music downloaded from Lester Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University. The song is no 3.36 in the manuscript book in Jane Austen's hand described in Gammie and McCulloch's catalogue 'Jane Austen's ...
  • The Wedding Day 

    Hook, James; Austen, Jane [transcriber] (2011-12-30)
    This song is no. 3:24 in Gammie and McCulloch's catalogue in 'Jane Austen's Music', written in Jane Austen's handwriting. The present document is a transcript of sheet music published in Boston by P.A. von Hogan & Co.
  • Sweet Transports 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Shield, William; Austen, Jane [transcriber] (2011-12-30)
    This song is no. 3.09 in Gammie and McCulloch's 'Jane Austen's Music', transcribed by Jane Austen. This transcription is by G. Dooley from the sheet music published in New York by J. Hewitt and appears similar in most ...
  • Dear is my little native vale 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Hook, James; McCauley, Fiona [arranger] (2011-05-28)
    Dear is my little native vale', a song by James Hook.
  • The Thorn 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Shield, William; McCauley, Fiona [arranger] (2011-05-28)
    An arrangement in C major of the song The Thorn by William Shield.
  • Nymphs and Shepherds 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Arne, Thomas; McCauley, Fiona [arranger] (2011-05-28)
    Nymphs and Shepherds, an aria for soprano by Thomas Arne.
  • The Sweets of May: Jane Austen in the Garden [concert program] 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary; McCauley, Fiona [pianist] (2011-05-08)
    Programs for 'The Sweets of May: Jane Austen in the Garden', a concert of music from the Austen family collections, presented at St John's Church, Reid, Australian Capital Territory on 17 April 2011 and St David's Church, ...
  • The Request 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Vogler, [Gerald][composer]; Austen, Jane [transcriber] (2011-01-22)
    Song with keyboard accompaniment: First line 'Tell me babbling echo why'.
  • The Egyptian Love Song 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Harington, Henry [composer]; Austen, Jane [transcriber] (2011-01-22)
    Duet by Henry Harington. First line: 'Sweet doth blush the rosy morning'.
  • Song in 'La Fee Urgele' 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Duni, Egidio Romualdo [composer]; Phillidor [attributed]; Austen, Jane [transcriber] (2011-01-22)
    Song from La Fee Urgele: first line 'Ah! que l'amour est chose jolie'.
  • The Soldier's Adieu 

    Dooley, Gillian Mary [transcriber]; Dibdin, Charles [composer]; Austen, Jane [transcriber]; Donley, Joyce [transcriber] (2011-01-22)
    Song with violin and keyboard accompaniment, sung by soldier farewelling his wife. 3 verses with refrain. Austen originally wrote 'soldier' as in the published version, but crossed out the word and replaced it with 'sailor'.

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