Festal designations provided on PEM and other details of function are editorial.
Condition of document:
Ink corrosion has created holes in the first five folios, destroying significant parts of the notation; there is also considerable bleed-through throughout
16 folios. Modern pencil foliation, top right of rectos (1, 3, 5 etc), numbering each of the two gatherings separately.
MM 217A is comprised of two gatherings from a bassus partbook, which in Rees (1995) are designated MM 217Ai and MM 217Aii
oblong, 139 x 230
MM 217 is comprised of gatherings from two partbooks of two distinct sets of part books: MM 217A (bassus partbook) and MM 217B (cantus partbook). No other books from either set have yet been located.
MM 217A is comprised of two gatherings from a bassus partbook: MM 217Ai and MM 217Aii. These are numbered consecutively on PEM (001r-0016v), but in two series in Rees (1995). In PEM, the first gathering consists of fols 001r-004v; the second gathering, fols 005r-016v.
The majority of works are unica, and so the number of voice parts for many of the items is not known; this is an important source for music by Aires Fernandes.
The cover of MM 217B is a loose bifolio bearing the inscription 'Da livr(ari)a do Noiiado de s(an)ta Cruz de Coimbra', which is nearly identical to an inscription at the beginning of MM 44. This suggests that this source once belonged to the novices' house at the Monastery of Santa Cruz, as did MM 44 (see Rees (1995), 305).
REES, Owen, Polyphony in Portugal c. 1530 – c. 1620. Sources from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, New York & London: Garland, 1995, pp. 305-307
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