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Source: GB-Ob MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 229

non-music MS with interpolated music , Late 14th or early 15th century; provenance: Italy, 'Pad A'

Bodleian Library [GB-Ob]
MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 229
Late 14th or early 15th century

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DIAMM information (this information supersedes that given in RISM or the Census Catalogue) (Michael Scott Cuthbert (2012)):

Gloria on f. 37r (now f. 55r) is the second voice of a Gloria found in Ghent 133; all three of the voices were found previously in the destroyed manuscript Gdańsk 2315. See Cuthbert, Studi Musicali 2010.

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. 2, p. 277 and Vol. 4, p. 254

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[Scriptores Ecclesiastici] 229 (= MadanSC 19215) [see also PadU 684 and PadU 1475]

Theological writings, with polyphony:

1 Gloria, 1 Credo, 3 Sanctus, 1 motet, 2 Italian secular pieces, 3 French secular pieces = 11

Barbitonsoris-1, Berlantus [Berlatus]-1, (Ciconia)-1, (Jacopo da Bologna?)-1, Landini [M. Francisci de Florentia]-1, (Machaut)-1, Mediolano-1, anon-4

73 parchment folios, ca. 320 x 240. Composite of several unrelated items dating from 12th-15th centuries. Modern foliation, 1-73. Modern cardboard covers; leather spine. Contents include theological writings (ff. 1-52 and ff. 58-73'), monophonic music (f. 57), and polyphonic music (ff. 53-56). Original foliation, 33-34; 37-38, still visible on folios with polyphony, which belong to same original manuscript as PadU 684 and PadU 1475. Black mensural notation on red staves. Copied by a single scribe. Inked Gothic initials.

Late 14th or early 15th century (ClercxJC). Folios with polyphony copied at St. Giustina Benedictine Abbey in Padua. Remained at St. Giustina until 1797, then taken to Paris. Later acquired by the Jesuit antiquarian Matteo Luigi Canonici (1727-1805) of Venice. Canonici collection passed to Giovanni Perissinotti in 1807; sold to Bodleian Library in 1817.

RISM description:

RISM B/IV 4: 14./15. Jh.; 4 Blätter Pergament, ca. 320 x 240 mm. Originale Foliierung f. 33, 34, 37, 38. Je Seite 10 (f. 38v 11) rote Fünfliniensysteme mit schwarzer Trecentonotation - Einband: 19. Jh.; Karton mit Lederrücken.

Die beiden Doppelblätter, zwischen denen ein weiteres Doppelblätter. fehlt, stammen aus dem Paduaner Kloster S. Giustina (vergleiche Notiz auf f. 37v) und gehörten offenbar zur gleichen Handschrift wie die Fragmente I-Pu684 und I-PU1475. Nach Clercx wurde diese ursprünglich umfangreiche Handschrift im ausgehenden 14. Jh. (oder um 1400) geschrieben. Die beiden Blätter finden sich heute in einem Sammelband der Canonici-Abteilung der Bodleian Library. Sie tragen dort die Foliozahlen 53-56. Auf f. 1-52 (14. Jh.) des Sammelbandes stehen Teile aus den Quaestiones quodlibetales von Thomas von Aquin; f. 57 Notenblatt des 12./13. Jh. mit einstimigen Antiphonen und Responsorien; f. 58-73v (12. Jh.) Briefe des Ambrosius unter anderem.


Die erste Folioziffer bezieht sich auf die Originalfoliierung (vergleiche I-Pu684 und I-Pul475), die zweite auf die Foliierung des Sammelbandes GB-Ob229.

Please send corrections or new information to diamm[at]music.ox.ac.uk for consideration by the editorial board

Black mensural notation on red staves


  • View Cuthbert, Michael Scott: Trecento fragments and Polyphony beyond the codex, Ph.D, Harvard University (2006) [Full text vailable online: http://www.trecento.com/dissertation - with corrections and addenda at http://www.trecento.com/dissertation/errata.pdf]
  • View Hamm, Charles; Kellmann, Herbert (eds.): Census-Catalogue of Manuscript Sources of Polyphonic Music 1400-1550 5 vols., Renaissance Manuscript Studies Vol. 1 (Neuhausen nr. Stuttgart: American Institute of Musicology, Hänssler Verlag, 1979-1988)
  • View Hagopian, Viola L: Italian Ars Nova Musik: A Bibliographic Guide to Modem Editions and Related Literature. 2nd ed. (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London, 1973) , 63-4 [Notes: additional bibliography]
  • View Clercx, Suzanne: Johannes Ciconia, un musicien liégois et son temps 2 vols., Académie Royale de Belgique, Classe des Beaux-Arts: Mémoires: Collection in-4, II série, vol. X, fasc. 1a/1b (Brussels: Palais des Académies, 1960) , I,74-8 [Notes: contents list; concordances (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Layton, Billy Jim: Italian Music for the Ordinary of the Mass 1300-1450, Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University (1960) , 116-60,199ff,358-62 [Notes: contents list (partial); concordances (partial); transcriptions (partial); mention of MS; discussion]
  • View Schrade, Leo et al. (ed.): Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century 24 vols. (Monaco, 1956-) [Commentary and Critical Notes for the first four volumes of this series were issued separately] , Commentary to Vols. II-III, 48-9, passim; Commentary to Vol. IV, 33ff, passim; X,134,151ff; XII.83-91,102-3,197ff [Notes: physical description; contents list (partial); concordances (partial); transcriptions (partial)]
  • View Fischer, Kurt von: Studien zur italienischen Musik des Trecento und frühen Quattrocento, Publikationen der Schweizerischen Musikforschenden Gesellschaft Vol. Serie II, Vol. 5 (Bern: Paul Haupt, 1956) , 26-7,50-l [Notes: contents list (partial); concordances (partial)]
  • View Schrade, L: The Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century 3 vols. (1954 -1956) [Commentary to Volumes II and III, edited by Leo Schrade (Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1956 (typescript))] , Commentary Notes, 49. -vergleiche ferner die Literatur zu den übrigen Paduaner Fragmenten (I-Pu) [Notes: none]
  • View Hughes, Dom Anselm: Medieval Polyphony in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1951) , 25-6 [Notes: physical description; contents list]
  • View Apel, Willi (ed.): French Secular Music of the Late Fourteenth Century (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Medieval Academy of America, 1950) , Nr. 66 (Übertragung von Nr. 11 nach I-MOe5.24) [Notes: none]
  • 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.514 [Notes: physical description (partial)]
  • View Ellinwood, L: 'The Conductus' Musical Quarterly 27 (1941), 165ff
  • View Ludwig, Friedrich (ed.): Guillaume de Machaut: Musikalische Werke, 1-3 (Leipzig: Publikationen älterer Musik, 1926-9) [Vol. 4 completed by H. Besseler, 1943 (destroyed), repr. 1953] , I, 63-4, II,24-7*, passim; IV,20 [Notes: none]
  • View Besseler, Heinrich: 'Studien zur Musik des Mittelalters: II. Die Motette von Franko von Köln bis Philipp van Vitry' Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 8 (1926), 137-258 , 233-5 [Notes: physical description; contents list]
  • View Ludwig, Friedrich: 'Die mehrstimmige Messe des 14. Jahrhunderts' Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 7 (1925), 417ff , II, 25ff, 421 [Notes: none]
  • View Frere, Walter Howard: Bibliotheca Musico-Liturgica: A Descriptive Handlist of the Musical and Latin-Liturgical Mss. of the Middle Ages Preserved in the Libraries of Great Britain and Ireland 2 vols. (London, 1894-1932, repr. Hildesheim, 1967) , I, 138 [Notes: none]

Table of contents

  • View 1 33 [53]53-33 Sanctus
  • View 2 33v Benedicamus Domino
  • View 3 33v O cieco mondo di lusinghe pieno   - Jacopo da Bologna (Jacobus, Iachobus, Magister Jachobus de Bononia)
  • View 4 34 [54]-33v [53v] Sanctus & benedictus   - ? Mediolano
  • View 5 34v Patrem omnipotentem [Credo]   - Berlatus (Berlantus)
  • View 6 37 [55]-37 Et in terra pax [Gloria]
  • View 7 37 Sones ces nachares apertmant
  • View 8 37v Sanctus   - Barbitonsoris
  • View 9 38 Donna s'i' t'ò fallito   - Francesco Landini (Landino, Franciscus; Magister Franciscus de Florentia; Magister Franciscus Coecus Horghanista de Florentia; Francesco degli orghani, da Firenze; Cechus de Florentia)
  • View 10 38 [56]-38 Ma fin est mon commencement / fin est mon commencement   - Guillaume de Machaut (Machau, Machault, Guillelmus de Machandio, Mascandio; Wilhelmi de Maschaudio)
  • View 11 38v Sus une fontaine en remirant   - Johannes Ciconia


Linked Manuscripts
  • fragments that form part of one MS or collection Pad A
Persons and places
  • copied at: St. Guistina Benedictine Abbey in Padua
  • owner: Matteo Luigi Canonici (1727-1805) of Venice (antiquarian book collector)
  • owner: Giovanni Perissinotti, 1807

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  • see Guillaume de Machaut Rondeau No. 7, Ma fin est mon commencement