P-Cug (Coimbra) Biblioteca Geral da Universidade MM 1063 (74) + MM 0230 [capa] + MM 0231 [capa]

MM 1063 (74) + MM 0230 [capa] + MM 0231 [capa]

P-Cug MM 1063 (74) + MM 0230 [capa] + MM 0231 [capa]

Source type
Subcategory of source
Document type

Antiphons (1), Canticles (1) (= 2)

Type of script
Type of notation

Calligraphic initials in black ink.


A1r, voice-parts named in Portuguese: "alta", "tenor", "baixa"; A1v: "tenor"; C1v, folding of the outer face: "bassus". B1r: "SVPERIVS :-" C1r: "ALTVS" (referring to the contents of partbooks MM 230 and 231 respectively).

Condition of document

Av, which is the verso of MM 1063 (74), is in poor condition; the original contents of B1r, B2r (MM 230), C1r, and C2r (MM 231) are illegible except for the staves.

Page layout

Choirbook format. MM 1063 (74): c.500 x c.360 mm; MM 230, front cover: c.255 x c.290 mm; MM 230, back cover: c.255 x c.295 mm; MM 231: c.255 x c.280 mm.


Three folios from the same choirbook. Folios B1-C1 and B2-C2 are still serving as covers to partbooks MM 230 and MM 231. B1 (front cover of MM 230) and C1 (front cover of MM 231) are the top half and the bottom half of the same folio respectively; the outer face of B1 and C1 originally formed an opening with Av (MM 1063-74). B2 (back cover of MM 230) is also part of the same folio as C2 (back cover of MM 231). The inner faces of the back covers of MM 230 and MM 231 have fragments of a chant book inserted, reinforcing them. The scribe of the polyphonic fragments is different from those working on the earliest surviving complete or nearly complete choirbooks copied in Santa Cruz, dated to the 1540s and 50s. The third book in the set, MM 161, also has covers of the same provenance but their original content is illegible to such an extent that it does not allow for any identification. The way in which MM 1063 (74) has been folded suggests that it too was the cover of a part-book, possibly the bassus book missing from the set that includes MM 230, MM 231, and MM 161. This set is described on https://pemdatabase.eu/source/97592.

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