manuscript of polyphony , 1470-7; provenance: France, 'Cordiforme Chansonnier; Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu'
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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. 3, p. 35 and Vol. 4, p. 464
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30 French secular pieces, 14 Italian secular pieces = 44
(Barbingant/Fedé)-1, (Bedingham)-1, (Bedingham/Dufay)-1, (Bedingham/Dunstable)-1, (Binchois)-1, (Binchois/Dufay)-1, (Binchois/Frye)-1, (Busnois)-2, (Busnois/Caron)-1, (Cornago)-2, (Dufay)-2 + 1?, (Hayne van Ghizeghem)-1, (Morton)-2, (Ockeghem)-2, (Vincenet)-1, anon-23
72 parchment folios in shape of a single heart when book is closed and of two joined hearts when book is open, 185 (along spine) x 160 (across lobes of heart). Original ink foliation, 1-68 (first four folios unnumbered; = "A-D" in KottC). Ff. 64'-68' blank. Original red velvet covers; binding and folios edged with gold. Original index on ff. A-C'. Copied by a single scribe. Illuminated miniatures, initials, and floral borders. Coat of arms of Jean de Montchenu (see below) on f. D; ex libris and coat of arms of later owner "Pucci" inside front cover.
1470-7 (KottU). Copied in Savoy; compiled for Jean de Montchenu, a soldier and priest (later Bishop of Viviers) serving as Vicar-General and Councillor to Jean-Louis de Savoie, Bishop of Geneva. Subsequently owned by "Pucci," a Maltese nobleman. Listed in 19th-century library catalogues of Chédeau and Baron Jérôme Pichon (PicotC). Later acquired by the Paris banker Nathan James Edouard, Baron de Rothschild (1844-81), whose library went to his son Henri; passed to Bibliothèque Nationale in 1933.
Composers: Add "(Regis)-1"; change "anon-23" to "anon-22."
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