manuscript of polyphony , Late 15th to Early 16th centuries: 1490-1502; provenance: England, 'Eton Choirbook'
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Census Catalogue Description:
From Census-Catalogue of Manuscript Sources of Polyphonic Music 1400-1550 5 vols., Renaissance Manuscript Studies (Neuhausen-Stuttgart: American Institute of Musicology, Hänssler Verlag, 1979-1988) Vol. 1, p. 213 and Vol. 4, p. 369
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9 Magnificats, 1 Passion, 54 motets = 64
(21 pieces are incomplete, and 29 of the 93 pieces listed in the original index are now missing)
Banastre-1, J. Browne-10, Brygeman-1, Cornyshe-5, Davy-9, Fawkyner-2, Fayrfax-2, Hacomblene-1, Hampton-1, Holyngborne-1, Horwud-4, Howchyn-2, Hygons-1, Kellyk-2, Lambe-8, Nesbet-1, Sturton-1, Sutton-1, Sygar-1, Turges-2, R. Wilkinson -7, William of Stratford-1
(Composers listed in the index whose works are now missing: Baldwyn, Dunstable, Mychelson)
iv + 126 + iv parchment folios of an original 224, 595 x 425. Modern foliation; original foliation by fascicle signatures with numbers (A 1-8, B 1-8, etc.). Missing folios (original foliation): A 8, B 3-6, C 4-5, E 1-8, F 1-2, F 7-8, N 1-8, O 1-8, P 1-8, R4-5, S 1-8, T 1-3, T 6-7, Y 1-8, AA 1-8, BB 2-7, DD 1-8, EE 4-6. Leather covers are probably from the second half of the 16th century; stamped on the front cover are the Tudor Rose, portcullis, fleur-de-lis, and "H.R." (the initials of the London-based binder). Two indices, on f. 1 and f. 1'. Black mensural notation with red for imperfection and white for semiminim and fusa. Decorated initials. The manuscript was probably in use until the Reformation. The parchment flyleaves are from an 11th-century Bible copied by an English hand.
1490-1502 (HarrnE). Copied for use at Eton College; the coats of arms of Eton College and of its Provost, Henry Bost (d. 1502), are found in decorated initials in the manuscript.
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