A new source for the polyphonic conductus: MS 117* in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Everist, Mark (1994) A new source for the polyphonic conductus: MS 117* in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge Plainsong and Medieval Music, 3, (2), pp. 149-168.


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The fragments now preserved at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, MS 117*, consist of parts of two leaves that served as a wrapper for a 15th-c. book of hours. They contain parts of four two-part Parisian conducti, known from I-Fl Pluteus 29.1. Folio 1 contains the end of ‘Iam vetus littera’ and the beginning of ‘Fulget in propatulo’; folio 2 contains a continuation and the end of ‘Genitus divinitus’ and the beginning of ‘Dei sapientia’. The content makes it certain that, if the two leaves did constitute a bifolium, it could not have been the central one in a quire. Analysis of the worm holes in the leaves, however, suggests that they were originally close together in the original MS, either as parts of the same gathering or in contiguous quires. The handwriting and notation of the fragments are entirely consistent with other major sources for this repertoire. The script is a littera textalis media that exhibits neither formata or currens tendencies. In general terms, the handwriting is of a similar style to many of the sources of polyphony dating from the period ca. 1225 to ca. 1275. The notational vocabulary is the same as that of I-Fl Pluteus 29.1 or GB-Lbl Egerton 2615(2), for pages in both cum littera and sine littera notation.

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ISSNs: 0961-1371 (print)
Keywords: Conductus Manuscript Notre-Dame Medieval Music cauda caudis musica cum sine littera Iam vetus littera Fulget in propatulo Genitus divinitus Dei sapientia
ePrint ID: 54739
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:46
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/54739

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