Mostly good, except for fols. 57v-61r, which show severe ink corrosion
16th-century covers of dark brown leather with gold tooling
70; fols. 6 and 63 are missing
a8 (lacks 1 fol. after fol. 5), b-g8, h8 (lacks 1 fol. after fol. 62), i8
1 type of paper; 3 watermarks (see Morais, p. ix)
Choirbook format. 96 × 146 mm
Type of script:
Type of notation:
Ample decoration in the form of initial letters, some of them gilded, and floral-pattern borders (Rees 1994-95, p. 57)
Inscriptions and marks:
‘Primeiro tema de composição de muzica/por Luis Augusto de Quadros Portugal/Absente Proffessore suo (nomine benemerito)/Joaquimo Perssona Silva Arnaut’ (fol. 1r) by a 19th-century hand (cf. Morais, p. viii)
Fol. 25: pouncing of initial ‘H’.
Main body (fols. 1v-52r) by 1 original scribe; additions from fol. 52v on by at least 4 different later hands; several lusisms in Spanish texts (see Morais, p. ix). No pieces have composer attribution.
Main body contents divided in 2 parts: sacred works (fols. 1v-32r) and secular works (fols. 32v-52r). Rees dates this manuscript to c.1530-c.1550 (see Rees 1994-95, p. 63).
Later additions: Chants added in fols. 52v-55r in mensural (white) notation. A different scribe added a series of chants and texts in fols. 55v-60r in square notation, under the heading ‘Ordo ad inumandum fratrem mortuum’, taken from the Cistercian ritual (see Ordo ad inungendum infirmum…, 1555). Yet another scribe added 4 polyphonic Benedicamus Domino in fols. 68v-72r. These 3 sets of additions probably date from the late 16th century or the early 17th century (see Rees 1995, pp. 435-436). One or several 19th-century hands added textless fragments on fols. 46r, 48v-49r, and 61v.
Blank folios: 5v, 62r-68r, 72v (staves drawn for four-part piece; first line of each voice part indented).
Ordo ad invngendum infirmum & ad communica(n)dum Atq(ue) ad mortuum sepeliendum. Secu(m)dum Cisterciensis ordinis consuetudinem, Conimcricae [sic] (Coimbra), 1555
MORAIS, Manuel, Vilancetes, cantigas e romances do século XVI, Portugaliae Musica 47, Lisboa: FCG, 1986, pp. viii-x
REES, Owen, ‘Text and Music in LisbonBN 60’, in Revista de Musicología, vol. XVI n.º 3, Sociedad Española de Musicología, 1993, pp. 49-67
REES, Owen, ‘Manuscript Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional, CIC 60: The repertories and their context’, in Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia 4-5, Lisboa, 1994-95, pp. 53-93
REES, Owen, Polyphony in Portugal, c. 1530-c. 1620. Sources from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, New York & London Garland, 1995, pp. 444-436
KREITNER, Kenneth, The Church Music of Fifteenth-Century Spain, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2004
FERREIRA, Manuel Pedro, Antologia de Música em Portugal na Idade Média e no Renascimento, vol. 2, Lisboa: Arte das Musas/CESEM, 2008, pp. 56-57, 60-63
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