Collection of music for Office and Mass for the Dead
Condition of document:
Old, possibly original, soft covers of light brown leather, with remains of leather ties.
First section (ff.1-40) consists of five gatherings (cf analysis in Rees 1995, pp. 240-41, Table 9). Second section added later by same person and who also ruled the margins and staves.
Type of paper used also appears in P-Cug MM 44 (cf Rees pp. 240, 376 and 403). Two watermarks found (illus. Rees 1995, p. 403).
Choirbook format; 425 x 285 mm
Type of notation:
Inscriptions and marks:
Inscription on cover: 'Livro dos defuntos'
None of composers attributed in manuscript can be identified with the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, although it seems likely that the manuscript originated in Coimbra. Music exclusively Iberian in origin. Appears to have been prepared by a single person, who carried out the work in two main stages, corresponding to the first 40 folios and the last seven (now six). (Cf Rees 1995, p. 240.) Book appears to have been specifically compiled for performance; it also includes many written instructions to the singers. Books gives appearance of having been frequently used; also has many drops of wax on the folios. (Further information in Rees 1995, pp. 241-42.)
Original ink foliation. Original folio 46 missing; last surviving folio (f. 47) not given a number. This last folio has been given the new folio number f. 46r here (= f.  in Rees 1995, Polyphony in Portugal, p. 239).
REES, Owen, Polyphony in Portugal c. 1530 – c. 1620. Sources from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, New York & London / Garland, 1995, pp. 237-45, 376 & 403
Submitted by Zuelma Duarte Chaves — Thu, 2012-12-27 19:34