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VatS 35

VatS 35: Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Cappella Sistina 35

Size: 550-5 x 426; ii + 207 + i paper folios; Blank folios: 11v-12r; 21v-22v; 135v-136r; 186v-187v; 191v-192r; 203v-204r; modern pencil foliation on recto folios at lower center, which replaces original ink numbering that is incomplete; item numbering I-CLV in upper right-hand corners on opening recto folios of the item; a further ink foliation on lower right-hand corners of recto folios, added in the 18th- or 19th century; no index.

Scribe: One principal scribe who copied ff. 2v-178r and 184v-186r and four other scribes who collectively copied ff. 178v-184r and 188v-208r.

Place and Brief History: Città del Vaticano; put together from separate gatherings with the main scribe making copies during the period c. 1488-1492 and the remaining scribes during c. 1492-1495; the first extant manuscript copied in the Sistine Chapel. In parts has suffered substantial ink bleed-through with music on some staves almost impossible to read, for example stave 10, f. 207v.

Date: c. 1488-1495.

Covers and Decoration: Brown leather over boards with a blind tooled central diamond design and decorative borders; brass clasps, bosses and studs; calligraphic ink and watercolor initials with additional motivic decorations in the forms of floral tracery, animals and human faces.

Literature:

Herbert Kellman (ed.), Census-Catalogue of Manuscript Sources of Polyphonic Music 1400-1550, Renaissance Manuscript Studies I, vol. IV, American Institute of Musicology, Hänssler-Verlag, Neuhausen-Stuttgart, 1988, pp. 41-42.

Jesse Rodin, Josquin's Rome: Hearing and Composing in the Sistine Chapel, AMS Studies in Music, Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 108-117.

Adalbert Roth, "Die Entstehung des ältesten Chorbuches mit polyphoner Musik der päpstlichen Kappele: Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Fondo Cappella Sistina Ms. 35" in Gestalt und Entstehung musikalischer Quellen im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert, ed. Martin Stachelin, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998, pp. 43-63.

THE MANUSCRIPT:

Contents:

2v-5r
Vaqueras
Domine non secundum peccata nostra
5v-7r
Josquin
Domine non secundumm peccata nostra
8v-11r
Ockeghem
Intemerata Dei mater
12v-21r
Ockeghem
Missa Cuiusvis toni
23v-28r
Anonymous
Missa De beata virgine (Kyrie, Gloria)
28v-37r
Missa Quant j'ay au cueur
38v-52r
Missa La Martinella
52v-62r
Missa Alles regretz
62v-71r
Missa L'homme armé
71v-85r
Obrecht
Missa De Sancto Domatiano
85v-104r
Tinctoris
Missa L'homme armé
104v-110r
Missa [ad fugam] (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus dei)
110v-122r
Basiron
Missa L'homme armé
122v-124r
Vaqueras
Ave regina celorum
124v-135r
Basiron
Missa De Franza
137v-148r
Missa Se mieulx ne vient
148v-158r
Ockeghem
Missa L'homme armé
158v-170r
Missa Princesse d'amourettes
170v-176r
Martini
Missa De feria (Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus dei)
176v-178r
Obrecht
Missa Plurimorum carminum I (Kyrie)
178v-181r
Anonymous
Domine secundum peccata nostra
181v-184r
de Orto
Domine secundum peccata nostra
184v-186r
Obrecht
Missa Plurimorum carminum I (Sanctus)
188v-191r
Anonymous
Salve regina mater sanctissima/Hic est sacerdos
192v-196r
de Orto
Da pacem Domine/Da pacem
196v-200r
Anonymous
Salve regina mater sanctissima/Hic est sacerdos
200v-203r
Credo
204v-206r
de Orto
Ave Maria mater gratie
206v-208r
de Orto
Missa [ad fugam] (Credo)

Folio Information and Variants:

ff. 28r-71r, 104v-110r, 137r-148r, 158v-170r 206v-208v look

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