P-Cug (Coimbra) Biblioteca Geral da Universidade MM 033

Siglum: 
P-Cug MM 033
Shelfmark: 
MM 033
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Date: 
1580s
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Material: 
Foliation/Pagination: 
i + 125 + i fols.
Page layout: 
Choirbook format. 421 x 275 mm.
Watermarks: 

Large number of paper-types; 6 watermarks: Wm 1 resembles Briquet #207; wm 4, Briquet #6097; wm 5, Briquet #11936; wm 6, Briquet #4844. (Details in Rees 1995, pp. 376 & 400-402.)

Bindings: 
Old covers of whote leather over boards. (Material similar to that used for P-Cug MM 36.) Book rebound between 1937 and 1941.
Decoration: 
First surviving page of MM 33 (f.2r) has probable self-portrait of Pedro de Cristo as initial, entitled 'D. PETRVS' AVT(OR). Elaborate coloured and gold initials.
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First surviving page of MM 33 (f.2r) has probable self-portrait of Pedro de Cristo as initial, entitled 'D. PETRVS' AVT(OR).

Remarks: 

Copied by Pedro de Cristo in the 1580s (autograph manuscript). Original ink foliation, with several irregularities (details in Rees 1995, p. 229). Manuscript prepared in advance of copying, with margins and staves ruled throughout book. Manuscript used later by copyists of P-Cug MM 44 and MM 53, who recopied much of the music. Motets in this manuscript reflect music for high-ranking feasts ('of four cantors'), as represented in the printed 1531 Breviary (Breuiarium secundum usum insignis monasterii sanctae crucis colimbriensis) and other books pertaining to the monastery. These feasts include the Exaltation and the Invention of the Holy Cross, and the Nativity of St John Baptist. Also represented are St Martin of Tours and St (Queen) Isabel, two saints of particular devotion in Portugal (cf Rees 1995, p.235).

References: 

REES, Owen (1994), 'Newly Identifed Holograph Manuscripts from Late-Renaissance Portugal', Early Music 22, pp. 261-77.

REES, Owen (1995), Polyphony in Portugal c. 1530 – c. 1620. Sources from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, New York & London: Garland, pp. 229-36, 376 & 400-402.

REES, Owen (1998), Music by Pedro de Cristo: An Edition of the Motets from Coimbra Biblioteca Geral da Universidade, MM 33, Amsterdam: Harvard Academic Publishers. [Introduction includes list of works by Pedro de Cristo in surviving Portuguese sources.]

 

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2020-06-20
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