P-Cug (Coimbra) Biblioteca Geral da Universidade MM 0048

MM 0048

P-Cug MM 0048

Source type
Subcategory of source
Document type
Polyphony: 1 Agnus Dei; 1 Alleluia; 1 Canção; 1 Canticle; 10 Chansons; 2 Credo; 3 Fabordões; 1 Gloria; 1 Lamentation; 2 Marian antiphons; 46 Motets; 1 Responsory; 1 Sanctus; 7 unidentified (=78). Instrumental: 13
Type of script
Type of notation
Inscription on verso of second unnumbered folio at back of MS: ‘Em os seis dias do mes de junho 1559 começei a dar lição / de tanger aos irmãos dom bras dom bernado e dom joam’, by scribe A (cf. Rees 1995, p. 338)
Condition of document

Fair; ink blots in fols. 78r-81v, with some loss of text in fols. 80v-81r

Page layout

Open score format. 320 × 205 mm


ii + 121 + ii; old, possibly original, brown ink foliation 1-12, 14-62, 64-66, 68, 70-117, 119-124, 126-127; foliation omitted numbers 13 and 63; fol. 67, 69, 118, and 125 are missing


a2, b1+10, c2, d10+1, e10, f1+8+1, g-i10 (i lacks 1 fol. before and after fol. 68), j-n10 (n lacks second leaf, that is fols. 118 and 125), o1+2 (last 2 fols., [i] and [ii], form the back flyleaf). See also Rees (1995), pp. 278-80 and Table 10

1 type of paper; no watermarks

Old, possibly original, soft covers made of a parchment folio apparently from a Latin dictionary; remains of leather ties

MS prepared in advance of copying; three original scribes; alterations and additions by different later hands as late as the 17th-century (see Rees 1995, pp. 278-81). It is comprised predominantly of copies of motets and other vocal polyphony, the majority of which receive textual incipits, or may be partially texted; it also includes a few instrumental (keyboard) pieces. It is closely related to P-Cug MM 242, which was entirely copied by scribe A Blank folios: 68r-68v (staves and vertical lines drawn)

KASTNER, Macario Santiago, ‘Los manuscritos musicales n. 48 y 242 de la Biblioteca General de la Universidad de Coimbra’, in Anuario Musical, vol. 5, Barcelona: Instituto Español de Musicología, 1950, pp. 78-96

REES, Owen, Polyphony in Portugal c. 1530 – c. 1620. Sources from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, New York & London: Garland, 1995, pp. 271-82, 338-60, and 378

NELSON, Bernadette, ‘The Chansons of Thomas Crecquillon and Clemens non Papa in Sources of Instrumental Music in Spain and Portugal, and Sixteenth-Century Keyboard Traditions’, in Beyond Contemporary Fame. Reassessing the Art of Clemens non Papa and Thomas Crecquillon, ed. Eric Jas, Turnhout: Brepols Publishers n.v., 2005, pp. 167-89

NELSON, Bernadette, '"D'oû vient cela?" - Franco-Flemish influences in English and Spanish keyboard music during the sixteenth century, in Cinco Siglos de Música de Tecla Española FIve Centuries of Spanish Keyboard Music, ed. Luisa Morales (Garrucha: LEAL, 2007), pp. 47-69

REES, Owen & NELSON, Bernadette (ed.), Cristóbal de Morales: Sources, Influences, Reception, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2007

OLIVEIRA, Filipe M., 'A génese do tento para instrumentos de tecla no testemunho dos manuscritos P-Cug MM 48 e MM 242 (com uma edição crítica dos ricercari de Jacques Buus e das suas versões recompostas)', Dissertação de Doutoramento, Universidade de Évora, 2011, pp. 7-16, 24-31, 34-39

NELSON, Bernadette, 'Bermudo's masters and models of excellence for keyboard players in sixteenth-century Spain', Revista de Musicologia 39/1 (2016), pp. 77-115


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