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Source: F-PN Coll. Roths, MS 2973

manuscript of polyphony , 1470-7; provenance: France, 'Cordiforme Chansonnier; Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu'

Bibliothèque Nationale [F-PN]
Coll. Roths, MS 2973 [olim: shelf mark: 1.5.13]

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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. 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.

Vol 4

Composers: Add "(Regis)-1"; change "anon-23" to "anon-22."

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France , Savoy
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  • View Atlas, Allan W: 'Conflicting Attributions in Italian Sources of the Franco-Netherlandish Chanson, c. 1465-c. 1505: A Progress Report on a New Hypothesis', in Music in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Patronage, Sources and Texts (Cambridge, 1981) [249 ff] , 269-72 [Notes: contents list (partial); concordances (partial); transcriptions (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Atlas, Allan (ed.): Robert Morton: The Collected Works, Masters and Monuments of the Renaissance Vol. 2 (New York, 1981) , xxiii-xxvi, 70-85 [Notes: contents list (partial); concordances (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Perkins, Leeman L; Garey, Howard (eds.): The Mellon Chansonnier (New Haven and London, 1979) , I, 15; II, 169-70, 210ff, passim [Notes: physical description; contents list (partial); concordances (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Thomson, James (ed.): Les Oeuvres Completes de Philippe (?) Caron. Transcription et Notes Critiques de James Thomson (Brooklyn: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 1976) , II, II, x, 167-9 [Notes: contents list (partial); concordances (partial); transcriptions (partial)]
  • View Atlas, Allan: The Cappella Giulia Chansonnier (Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, C. G.XIII.27), Musicological Studies Vol. 27 (Brooklyn, 1975-6) , I, 95ff, 240, passim [Notes: contents list (partial); concordances (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Schavran, Henrietta: 'Review of KottM' Current Musicology 10 (1970), 92-101 , [includes corrections of KottM] [Notes: contents list (partial); concordances (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Kottick, Edward L: 'The Chansonnier Cordiforme' Journal of the American Musicological Society 20 (1967), 10-27
  • View Kottick, Edward L (ed.): The Unica in the Chansonnier Cordiforme (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Rothschild 2973), Corpus mensurabilis musicae (Neuhausen nr. Stuttgart: American Institute of Musicology, 1967), 42
  • View 'The Bad Bishop's Book of Love Songs' Horizon: A Magazine of the Arts 6/1 (1964), 26-31 [Written by the Editors of Horizon] , [color reproductions of three openings] [Notes: facsimile (partial)]
  • View Kottick, Edward Leon: The Music of the Chansonnier Cordiforme: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale Rothschild 2973, Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of North Carolina (1962) , I-II [Notes: physical description; contents list; concordances; texts; transcription; efacsimile (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Blume, Friedrich (ed.): Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik (Kassel, 1949-79) [Specific citations give volume and column number] , X, 801; XI, Tafel 12; XV, 1584-5, Tafel 59 [Notes: physical description; contents list; incipitsst of contents (partial); facsimile (partial)]
  • View de Van, Guillaume; Besseler, Heinrich (eds.): Guillaume Dufay: Opera Omnia, Corpus mensurabilis musicae Vol. 1 (Neuhausen nr. Stuttgart: American Institute of Musicology, 1948-66) , VI [Notes: physical description (partial); contents list (partial); concordances (partial); transcriptions (partial); texts (partial)]
  • View Bukofzer, Manfred F: 'An Unknown Chansonnier of the 15th Century (the Mellon Chansonnier)' The Musical Quarterly 28 (1942), 14-49 , 15, opp. 22 [Notes: mention of MS; facsimile (partial)]
  • View Porcher, Jean; Droz, E: Le Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu, Les Trésors des Bibliothèques de France Vol. XVIII (1934), 100-10
  • View Jeppesen, Knud (ed.): Der Kopenhagener Chansonnier: Das Manuskript Thott 291s der Königlichen Bibliothek Kopenhagen. Copenhagen and Leipzig (Copenhagen and Leipzig, 1927. New York, 1965 (reprint, with new remarks by the editor)) , lxv, lxxi, lxxviii-xcvi [Notes: physical description; contents list (partial); concordances (partial)]
  • View Picot, Emile: Catalogue des Livres Composant la Bibliothèque de Feu M. le Baron James de Rothschild (Paris, 1884-1920) , IV, 314-7 [Notes: physical description; contents list; concordances (partial); facsimile (partial)]

Table of contents

  • View 34v-35 Sancte speculum trinitatis = Fortune par ta cruaulte   - Johannes Vincenet (Vicenot; Vincentius du Bruequet)


Persons and places
  • commissioned/made for: Jean de Montchenu (soldier and priest (later Bishop of Viviers) serving as Vicar-General and Councillor to Jean-Louis de Savoie, Bishop of Geneva)
  • owner: Pucci (Maltese nobleman)
  • owner: Chedeau library
  • owner: Baron Jerome Pichon
  • owner: Nathan James Edouard, Baron de Rothschild (1844-81) (Paris banker)