complete MS choirbook , Late 1520's; provenance: England, 'Lambeth Choirbook; Arundel Choirbook'
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FromCensus-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. 2, p. 112
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7 Masses, 4 Magnificats, 8 motets = 19
Fayrfax-8, (Lambe)-1, (Ludford)-2, Sturton [Stourton]-1, anon-7
ii paper + 95 parchment + ii paper folios, 665-8 x 465-70. Modern ink foliation, 2-93 (omits first original folio; numbers on f. 1 and f. 94 no longer visible). Pagination begins on verso of first original folio, but stops with "6." Modern covers of tan leather on wooden boards, with five metal bosses front and back; on spine, in gold letters, is inscription "ANTHEM BOOK." No index. Black mensural notation with red and black void coloration, except for piece on ff. 50'-53, in white mensural notation.
The scribe was probably Edward Higgons, who also copied CambriU Caius 667 (ChewP). Initials and decorative marginalia illuminated in gold, with backgrounds of pink, blue, orange, red, yellow, and pale green. Similar illumination style and same pictorial and heraldic motifs also found in CambriU Caius 667 (possible relationships between the two manuscripts discussed in ChewP).
Late 1520's. Probably copied and used at St. Stephen's, Westminster, though alternative origins have been proposed (ChewP). Came to Lambeth Palace Library in 17th century. Collection transferred to Cambridge in 1648; returned to Lambeth Palace in 1664.
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