Porto 714: Um manuscrito precioso. Manuel Pedro
Biblioteca Pública Municipal, ms. 714]
Dufay's "Adieu m'amour"
Porto, 2001. 15.5 x 23 cm, 240 pp. Color
halftone of a lovely renaissance manuscript
probably written in Ferrara around 1465. This source actually consists
of two parts, a
theoretical section, fols.1-50 (a tract on solmization,
tones and modes and the
“Libellus cantus mensurabilis” by the celebrated theorist Johannes de
Muris), and a
collection of polyphonic songs with Italian or French texts,
copied in choirbook format.
The music notation for the
song section—executed in solid black and red ink—is unusual for this
time period. The composers include Robert de Anglia
(2), Galfridus de
Anglia (2), John Bedyngham (3), Guillaume Dufay (8) and Gilles Joye
(1). The ms features 30
decorated initials executed in gold, blue, red and green ink.
Commentary and codicological
remarks in Portuguese and English. Bound in dark brown cloth with
embossed title. $62