P-AR (Arouca) Museu Regional de Arte Sacra do Mosteiro de Arouca Res. Ms. 032
9 Alleluias, 2 Antiphons, 4 Benedicamus Domino, 8 Canticles, 3 Hymns, 1 Litany, 3 Masses, 1 Planctus, 6 Psalms, 1 Preces, 3 Versicles (= 41)
Four watermarks: 1) Trefoil/ellipse/bifoil [guard-leaf]~Gravell SPH.007.01, Heawood 3839, 3840, Melo n.º 114 and n.º 121; 2) Fleur-de-lis/crown [f. 4r]~Heawood 1627, 1629; 3) “Pilgrim” [fol. 68r]~P-Cug MM 8, MM 26, P-Ln LC 57 (Rees 1995, pp. 387, 396, 437); 4) trefoil/ellipse/bifoil/letters [added bifolium, fols. 92A-93A]~Heawood 3809, Melo n.º 117
Latin voice names in some of the items until fol. 60r. A number of pieces have marginal notes on performance issues including transposition, and the position and number of fingers on the bassoon (baixão) and, presumedly, the viol; see the musical items. On the guard-leaf: "o primeiro salmo [illegible] sin pres[ / o segu(n)do salmo [illegible] / o terçeiro como o primeiro / o quarto como o segu(n)do"
The book is clearly divided in two parts: the first (fols. 1-60), carefully written and with a concern for clarity and coherence of contents, always by the same scribe; the second (fols. 61-103), written at a later date, clearly with much less concern with visual presentation and handwriting; it is possible to find three more hands, different from the one in the first section: one on fols. 61v-80r and 98v-103r; a second one on fols. 81v-87r; and a third one on fols. 87v-98r. Folios 75v-76r consist of four part-book format folios for each of the four voice parts pasted onto the existing folios. These are richly decorated: initials in red with elaborate filigree designs; drawings of several motifs of Nature are drawn in the heading of each voice (flowers in the superius primus and tenor, a bird in the altus). Blank folios: 1r, 60v-61r, 63v-64r, 71v-74r, 78r, 80v-81r, 89r, 92Ar, 93Av, 103v The book was restored in 2018. The photographs in the image gallery show it in its previous condition.
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