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JenaU 8

JenaU 8: Jena, Thüringer Universitäts - und Landesbibliothek, MS 8.

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Size: 485 x 340, 130 parchment folios, no index, modern pencil foliation.

Scribe: possibly Petrus Alamire; three text hands.

Place and Brief History: Brussels/Mechlin; along with 7 other choirbooks (JenaU 2, 3, 5, 12, 20, 21 & 22) was used at the All Saints Church in Wittenburg and then transferred to Jena in 1548 where it and the other 7 choribooks formed the foundation of the Hochschule library which in turn formed the basis of the present-day Thüringer Universitäts - und Landesbibliothek.

Date: before 1520s, possibly ca. 1508.

Covers and Decoration: dark brown blind-tooled leather on boards with metal clasps, buckle and corners. Inked calligraphic initials for all folios which open a mass section or sub-section; opening of some masses with painted initials; one miniature on f. 6v; coat of arms of the Elector of Saxony - Frederick the Wise on f. 7.

Literature:

Charles Hamm & Herbert Kellman (eds), Census-Catalogue of Manuscript Sources of Polyphonic Music 1400-1550, Renaissance Manuscript Studies I, vol. I, American Institute of Musicology, Hänssler-Verlag, Neuhausen-Stuttgart, 1979, p. 292.

Herbert Kellman, "Jena, Thüringer Universitäts - und Landesbibliothek, MS 8", in Herbert Kellman (ed.), The Treasury of Petrus Alamire: Music and Arts in Flemish Court Manuscripts, 1500-1535, The University of Chicago Press, 2000, p. 97.

 

THE MANUSCRIPT

Contents:

1v-4r
Patrem: Lamour du moy
6v-25r
Missa quincque vocum [supra Incessament]
26v-44r
Noel bouldewijn
[Missa En douleur en tristesse]
45v-65r
Missa quinque vocum supra Inuiolata
66v-84r
Nicolaus campion
Missa quinque vocum supra maria magdalena
85v-104r
[Missa Mijns liefkins bruyn ooghen]
105v-124r
Johannes mouton
[Missa Tua est potencia]
125v-130r
[Credo in unum deum]

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