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34 - Polyphonic sources, ca. 1450–1500

from Part VIII - Sources


The principal reference tools for manuscript sources from this period are RISM, the Census-Catalogue of Manuscript Sources of Polyphonic Music, 1400–1550, ed. Charles Hamm and Herbert Kellman, 5 vols., Neuhausen-Stuttgart, 1979–88, and the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (, the latter of which also holds digital reproductions of a growing number of sources as well as providing references to external image sources, editions, and secondary literature. The facsimile and source editions of the relevant repertory are too numerous to list here.

Alden, Jane, Songs, Scribes, and Society: The History and Reception of the Loire Valley Chansonniers, New York and Oxford, 2010
Atlas, Allan W. Music at the Aragonese Court of Naples, Cambridge, 1985
Bent, Margaret, “Resfacta and Cantare Super Librum,” JAMS 36 (1983), 371–91
Bent, Margaret, “Trent 93 and Trent 90: Johannes Wiser at Work,” in I codici musicali trentini a cento anni dalla loro riscoperta: Atti del Convegno “Laurence Feininger, la musicologia come missione,” ed. Nino Pirrotta and Danilo Curti, Trento, 1986, 84–111
Berger, Anna Maria Busse, Medieval Music and the Art of Memory, Berkeley, 2005
Boorman, Stanley, “Sources, MS. I. Introduction,” Grove Music Online (accessed 3 September 2012)
Brown, Howard Mayer, “Music for the Nuns of Verona: A Story about MS DCCLXI of the Biblioteca capitolare in Verona,” in Gestalt und Entstehung musikalischer Quellen, ed. Staehelin, 111–24
Curtis, Gareth, and Andrew Wathey, “Fifteenth-Century English Liturgical Music: A List of the Surviving Repertory,” RMA Research Chronicle 27 (1994), 1–69
Curtis, Liane, “Simon Mellet, Scribe of Cambrai Cathedral,” PMM 8 (1999), 133–66
Dean, Jeffrey J., “Verona 755 and the Incomprehensibilia Composer,” in Manoscritti di polifonia nel Quattrocento europeo: Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi, ed. Marco Gozzi, Trento, 2004, 93–108
Eisenstein, Elizabeth, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, Cambridge, 1979
Filocamo, Gioia, ed., Florence, BNC, Panciatichi 27: Text and Context, Turnhout, 2010
Finscher, Ludwig, ed., Datierung und Filiation von Musikhandschriften der Josquin-Zeit, Quellenstudien zur Musik der Renaissance 2, Wiesbaden, 1983
Gancarczyk, Paweł, “Abbot Martin Rinkenberg and the Origins of the Glogauer Liederbuch,” EM 37 (2009), 27–36
Gancarczyk, Paweł, “The Dating and Chronology of the Strahov Codex,” Hudební Věda 43 (2006), 135–46
Gerber, Rebecca L., ed. Sacred Music from the Cathedral at Trent: Trent, Museo Provinciale d’Arte, Codex 1375 (olim 88), Monuments of Renaissance Music 12, Chicago, 2007
Haar, James, and John Nádas, “The Medici, the Signoria, the Pope: Sacred Polyphony in Florence, 1432–1448,” Recercare 20 (2008), 25–93
Hamm, Charles, “Manuscript Structure in the Dufay Era,” AcM 34 (1962), 166–84
Hascher-Burger, Ulrike, Gesungene Innigkeit: Studien zu einer Musikhandschrift der Devotio Moderna (Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek, ms. 16 H 34, olim B 113). Mit einer Edition der Gesänge, Leiden, 2002
Higgins, Paula Marie, “Antoine Busnois and Musical Culture in Late Fifteenth-Century France and Burgundy,” Ph.D. diss., Princeton University, 1987
Huglo, Michel, Les Livres de chant liturgique, Typologie des sources du moyen âge occidental 52, Turnhout, 1988
Just, Martin, ed., Der Mensuralkodex Mus. ms. 40021 der Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin, 2 vols., Tutzing, 1975
Kellman, Herbert, ed., The Treasury of Petrus Alamire: Music and Art in Flemish Court Manuscripts, 1500–1535, Ghent and Amsterdam, 1999
Kirnbauer, Martin, Hartmann Schedel und sein “Liederbuch”: Studien zu einer spätmittelalterlichen Musikhandschrift (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München, Cgm 810) und ihrem Kontext, Bern, 2001
Kreitner, Kenneth, The Church Music of Fifteenth-Century Spain, Woodbridge, 2004
Mráčková, Lenka, “Behind the Stage: Some Thoughts on the Codex Speciálník and the Reception of Polyphony in Late 15th-Century Prague,” EM 37 (2009), 37–48
Owens, Jessie Ann, Composers at Work: The Craft of Musical Composition 1450–1600, New York, 1997
Phelps, Michael, “A Repertory in Exile: Pope Eugene IV and the MS Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Alpha. X.1.11,” Ph.D. diss., New York University, 2008
Planchart, Alejandro Enrique, “Guillaume Du Fay’s Benefices and his Relationship to the Court of Burgundy,” EMH 8 (1988), 117–71
Reynolds, Christopher A., Papal Patronage and the Music of St. Peter’s, 1380–1513, Berkeley, 1995
Rifkin, Joshua, “Munich, Milan, and a Marian Motet: Dating Josquin’s Ave Maria … virgo serena,” JAMS 56 (2003), 239–350
Rifkin, Joshua, “A Scriptor, a Singer, and a Mother Superior: Another Story about MS DCCLXI of the Biblioteca Capitolare in Verona,” in Uno gentile et subtile ingenio: Studies in Renaissance Music in Honour of Bonnie J. Blackburn, ed. M. Jennifer Bloxam, Gioia Filocamo, and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Turnhout, 2009, 309–17
Rodin, Jesse, Josquin’s Rome: Hearing and Composing in the Papal Chapel, New York, 2012
Rolsma, Saskia, “De onthullingen van het missaal: Een onderzoek naar de functie van Motetti missales,” in Meer dan muziek alleen: In memoriam Kees Vellekoop, ed. R. E. V. Stuip, Hilversum, 2004, 291–305
Roth, Adalbert, “Die Entstehung des ältesten Chorbuches mit polyphoner Musik der päpstlichen Kapelle: Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Fondo Cappella Sistina, ms. 35,” in Gestalt und Entstehung musikalischer Quellen, ed. Staehelin, 43–63
Roth, Adalbert, Studien zum frühen Repertoire der päpstlichen Kapelle unter dem Pontificat Sixtus IV (1471–1484): Die Chorbücher 14 und 51 des Fondo Cappella Sistina der Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, 1991
Saurma-Jeltsch, Liselotte E., Spätformen mittelalterlicher Buchherstellung: Bilderhandschriften aus der Werkstatt Diebold Laubers in Hagenau, 2 vols., Wiesbaden, 2001
Schmidt-Beste, Thomas, “Dedicating Music Manuscripts: On Function and Form of Paratexts in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Sources,” in “Cui Dono Lepidum Novum Libellum?”: Dedicating Latin Works and Motets in the Sixteenth Century, ed. Ignace Bossuyt et al., Leuven, 2008, 81–108
Schmidt-Beste, Thomas, “Private or Institutional – Small or Big? Towards a Typology of Polyphonic Sources of Renaissance Music,” JAF 1 (2009), 13–26
Schmidt-Beste, Thomas, Textdeklamation in der Motette des 15. Jahrhunderts, Turnhout, 2003
Schmidt-Beste, Thomas, “Über Quantität und Qualität von Musikhandschriften des 16. Jahrhunderts,” in Die Münchner Hofkapelle des 16. Jahrhunderts im europäischen Kontext, ed. Theodor Göllner and Bernhold Schmid, Munich, 2006, 191–211
Schubert, Peter, and Julie E. Cumming, “Text and Motif c. 1500: A New Approach to Text Underlay,” EM 40 (2012), 3–14
Schwindt, Nicole, “Quellen,” in MGG2, Sachteil 7, 1946–86
Sherr, Richard, ed., Masses for the Sistine Chapel: Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cappella Sistina, MS 14, Monuments of Renaissance Music 13, Chicago, 2009
Sherr, Richard, Papal Music Manuscripts in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries, Neuhausen, 1996
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Talamo, Emilia Anna, Codices Cantorum: Miniature e disegni nei codici della Cappella Sistina, Florence, 1997
Wathey, Andrew, “Lost Books of Polyphony in England: A List to 1500,” RMA Research Chronicle 21 (1988), 1–19
Wegman, Rob C., “From Maker to Composer: Improvisation and Musical Authorship in the Low Countries, 1450–1500,” JAMS 49 (1996), 409–79
Williamson, Magnus, “Liturgical Polyphony in the Pre-Reformation English Parish Church: A Provisional List and Commentary,” RMA Research Chronicle 38 (2005), 1–43
Wright, Peter, “On the Origins of Trent 871 and 922,” EMH 6 (1986), 245–70