P-Cug (Coimbra) Biblioteca Geral da Universidade MM 217A
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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