P-Cug (Coimbra) Biblioteca Geral da Universidade MM 0053

MM 0053

P-Cug MM 0053

Source type
Subcategory of source
Document type
Late 16th century [c.1585-c.1600]
Polyphony: Alleluias (8), antiphons (3), Benedicamus domino (5), Canticles (1), Chorus (1), Lamentations (2), Litanies (7), Marian antiphons (3), Mass propers (4) Mass section (1), Motets (40), Passions (6), Psalms (11), Responses (1), Responsories (1), Songs (2), Te Deum (3), unidentified (1) (=100) Chant: Mass sections (2)
Type of script
Type of notation

No decoration

‘Dom Gabriel de S. Joaõ’ [an Augustinian canon, fl. 1624], fol. [i]r; a number of pieces have liturgical assignment, authorship attribution, indication of mode, directions for transposition, and other information relating to performance practice
Condition of document

Fair; little to moderate ink corrosion and bleed-through on several folios without loss of text

Page layout

Choirbook format. 312 × 220 mm


i + 132 + i; old ink foliation, fols 001-014, 021-089, 091-0133; modern blue ink foliation, fols 015-020 filling the gap in the old foliation; fol. 90 is missing


a6, b4, c8, d6+1, e-g8, h4+1, i8, j6, k2, l6, m10, n6+1, o6+1 (lacks 1 fol. after fol. 89), p-t8; back flyleaf pasted to fol. 133

1 type of paper; 1 watermark, also occurring in P-Cug MM 44 (paper 2; see Rees, appendix 1)

Old, possibly original, covers made of a parchment folio from a large chant book; remains of leather ties

Incomplete index on fol. [i]v with several inaccuracies; two original scribes; additions, mostly chant, by different later hands (cf. Rees 1995, p. 291). Manuscript compiled complete with margins and staves in advance of copying the music (cf. Rees 1995, p. 289). It was copied from several Santa Cruz manuscripts, including especially P-Cug MM 33 (then newly compiled/copied by Pedro de Cristo). Blank folios: fol. 049r (staves drawn; first system indented); fols 059v-060r, 097r-098r, 120v-121r (staves drawn for four-part piece; first line of each voice part indented); fol. 134r (no staves drawn)

REES, Owen, Polyphony in Portugal c. 1530 – c. 1620. Sources from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, New York & London: Garland, 1995, pp. 283-95

REES, Owen (ed.), Music by Pedro de Cristo: An Edition of the Motets from Coimbra Biblioteca Geral da Universidade, MM 33, Amsterdam: Harvard Academic Publishers, 1998 [Introduction includes list of works by Pedro de Cristo in surviving Portuguese sources]

REES, Owen (ed.), Music by Pedro de Cristo, New York & Abingdon: Routledge, 2012

REES, Owen, “ ‘Jesu redemptor’: Polyphonic Funerary Litanies in Portugal”, in Pure Gold. Pure Gold. Golden Age Sacred Music in the Iberian World: A Homage to Bruno Turner, ed. T. Knighton and Bernadette Nelson, Kassel: Reichenberger, 2011



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