P-Cua (Coimbra) Arquivo Distrital e da Universidade IV-3ª Gav. 44 (17)

IV-3ª Gav. 44 (17)

P-Cua IV-3ª Gav. 44 (17)

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c. 1400
Some chants for Easter sunday on the recto; then several chants that variously belong to the week following Easter. These are however too loosely arranged and their relative rubrics almost always unreadable to connect them to any more precise day inside of this week. They have been categorized under the general feast 'In tempore Paschae' (Cantus feast ID 08000000) The rather rare antiphon 'Alleluia Cognoverunt dominum' seems to be typical of the Iberian Peninsula, with 10 sources out of the current 11 in the Cantus Database, as of 2021, being Iberian.

Red and blue capitals of different size and elaboration relative to the liturgical placement of the text they accompany.

Recto, bottom margin, in pencil: "Capa de um livro do notº Antº Martins, Coimbra (157-)"; "INV./ BOL./ 96 (43); IV-3ª S - GV. 44 (17)".
Condition of document

Single leaf fragment formerly used as book cover in very poor condition. Irregular, uneven borders and a long tear that caused further loss of contents along the left edge (recto). Exposed side (recto) hardly readable, with the ink having vanished here almost completely. Direct observation might help identifying some of items that must for now remain conjectural.

Page layout

c. 510 x c. 295 mm. Two columns. 10 text lines (with a red line and space above for musical notation) in each column, c. 405 x 129 mm.


Original foliation in Roman numerals at the top of the recto: Cxviiij (fol. 119).

Together with P-Cua IV-3ª Gv 044 (16) and (18), this fragment is one of three leaves dismantled from the same lost antiphonary. Evidences for their common source are the identity, among others, of: (1) textual and musical ductus (especially of more complex shapes such as 'a', rising liquescences, quilisma ...); (2) decorations (filling coloured lines inside of bigger capitals, dots at the extremities of serifs); (3) occasional red-line boxings for rubrics, and so forth... Fragments 17 and 18 were used as a cover in the same notebook belonging to the notary António Martins in the late 16th century.
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