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Description of Series

Music manuscripts

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Illuminated Sacred Music Manuscripts collection, ca. 1400-1600 MS 510



creator Catholic Church.
Title: Illuminated Sacred Music Manuscript Collection
Dates: 15th-16th century
Abstract: Thirteen individual leaves of rare 15th and 16th century original music manuscripts depicting portions Catholic masses and prayers in Latin, hand drawn and beautifully illustrated with brilliant tempera paints on large vellum sheets. A podcast by Rice University features this material online: "Sing the Glory: an illuminated manuscript of adoration", available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDW5Op5Iwjs. The materials are available online at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/13014.
Identification: MS 510
Quantity: 3.0 linear ft. (13 leaves)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Scope and Contents

Thirteen individual leaves of rare 15th and 16th century original music manuscripts depicting portions Catholic masses and prayers in Latin, hand drawn and beautifully illustrated with brilliant tempera paints on large vellum sheets.

Each of these individual leaves originally formed part of various larger missals, or bound volumes containing all the words either said or sung in Catholic mass during the entire year, and including the ordinary, proper, and common votive masses and supplementary prayers and masses for certain localities or orders.

Being individual leaves taken from bound volumes, the specific location and date of their original creation and use is very difficult to determine. It appears that most are Southern European (Italian and Spanish), but one may be Central or South American, as noted in the more detailed description below. Dates range from 15th to 16th century, based on evaluation of the style of musical notation, illuminations, and formation of the letters, use of punctuation and abbreviations.

Descriptions include translations of the original Latin when possible and an indication of the placement of the manuscript within the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar.

Titles of materials as listed here are taken from the first line of text on the item itself.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This materials is open for research. It is the property of the Brown Fine Arts Library (part of the Fondren Library), but is accessed through the secure reading room at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Illuminated Sacred Music Manuscript Collection, MS 510, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
Stephen, Saint, -approximately 36
Subjects (Organizations)
Catholic Church.
Subjects
Advent music
Alleluia (Music)
Antiphon for Christmas day
Antiphon for the Feast of Saint Stephen
Epiphany
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Music)
Graduals (Chants)
Gregorian chants
Illumination of books and manuscripts, European
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Reniassance
Introits (Music)
Kyrie eleison (Music)
Genres
scores

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Illuminated Sacred Music Manuscript Collection, MS 510, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This material belongs to the Brown Fine Arts Library (part of the Fondren Library) and is of mixed provenance, with some items having been donated to the library in 1949 by Paul Gottschalk, the 1950s by Stanley S. Slotkin and Mrs. Ralph D. Looney, and another donated by John Wright in the early 1990s. The leaves were donated as individual leaves, with no identifying information on the original volumes they were removed from, which part of the mass they represent, their dates or their countries of origin. See Sallyport magazine, August 1949 issue, p. 3, for information concerning the 1949 donation by Paul Gottschalk.

Processing Assistance

Many thanks to Barbara Schreffler, M.L.S.; Dr. Michael H. Gelting of the Danish National Archives, and Dr. Snyder of University of Houston, and Keith Chapman, Fondren Library Cataloging, for their expertise in musicology and Medeival / Renaissance period manuscripts and their kind assistance in describing this material.

Thanks also to Dr. Diane Wolfthal (Art History) and the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University for the podcast featuring this material, "Sing the Glory: an illuminated manuscript of adoration", available online at .

Alternate form available

Digitized versions of this material are available online through Rice University's institutional repository:

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Music manuscripts

Folder
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Venite adoremus eum 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (65 x 47 cm.). Verso only. Five five-line staves with square notes.
Scope and Contents note
Text: Venite adoremus eum quia ipse est Dominus De[us noster.]. Forms part of the Antiphon for Psalm 94 for Epiphany Sunday.
Venite adoremus eum (online)
2
Tota pulchra es Maria 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (52 x 33 cm.). Six five-line staves with square notes.
Scope and Contents note
Text: tota pulchra es Maria, et macula [originalis] non est in te. Forms part of the Antiphon for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Tota pulchra es Maria (online)
3
Sepelierunt Stephanum viri timorati 1550-1575
1 vellum leaf (47 x 34 cm.). Six four-line staves with square notes.
Scope and Contents note
Text: Sepelierunt Stephanum viri timorati, et fecrunt plan[c]tu[m] magnu[m] super eum. Iste est Iohannes, qui supra pectus Domini in cena recubuit beatus Apostolus, cui revelata sunt secreta celestia. Euouae. Forms part of the Antiphon for the Feast of Saint Stephen.
Sepelierunt Stephanum viri timorati (online)
4
Maria matre eius et procidentes 15th-16th century
1 leaf on vellum. Five five-line staves with square notes. Illuminated "V" on verso.
Scope and Contents note
Text: ... puerum cu[m] Maria matre eius et procidentes adoraueru[n]t eum. P[salmus]. Gauisi. R[esponsorium]. (verso) Videntes stella[m] magi gauisi sunt gaudio magno et intra[n]tes domu[m] inueneru[n]t. Forms part of the Antiphon before the magnificat for the Epiphany, Jan. 7.
Maria matre eius et procidentes (online)
5
Ad te levavi animan meam 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (52 x 37 cm.) Eight four-line staves with square notes.
Scope and Contents note
Text: Ad te levavi anima[m] meam : Deus meus in te confido, non erubescam : neque irrideant me inimici mei : etenim universi qui te ex[s]pectant, non confundentur. Vias tuas, Domi[n]e demonstra m[ihi] : et semitas tuas edoceme. Universi qui te ex[s]pectant, non confundentur, Domine. Vias tuas Domine notas fac mihi: et se mitas tuas edoceme. Alleluya. Ostende nobis Domine miseracordiam tuam: et salutare tuum da nobis. Forms part of the introit, gradual, alleluia, and alleluia verse for the first Sunday in Advent.
Ad te levavi animan meam (online)
6
Leaf from Missa Angelorum found in an Italian Gradual, ca. 1490.
1 vellum leaf (63 x 47 cm.). Five four-line staves with square notation.
Scope and Contents note
Text: Kyrie [e]leyson. Christe [e]leyson. Kyrie [e]leyson. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax homini[bus]. Forms part of the Ordinary of the mass.
Leaf from Missa Angelorum found in an Italian Gradual (online)
7
Hodie Christus natus est 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (83 x 61cm.). Six five-line staves with square notes.
Scope and Contents note
Text: Hodie Christ[us] nat[us] est : hodie Salvator apparuit : hodie in terra canu[n]t A[n]geli, leta[n]tur Arca[n]geli : hodie exulta[n]t justi dici[n]tes : Gloria in excelsis Deo, alleluya. Forms part of the Antiphon for Christmas day. Leading illuminated "H" not representative of traditional European illumination. Possibly from Mexico or another Latin American country.
Hodie Christus natus est
8
Mihi au te ad herere deo bonus est 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf.
Scope and Contents note
Text only. Illuminated leading "U" for Psalm 73. Purpose: End of Psalm 72 for feria V at terce and beginning of Psalm 73 for feria V at sext for the Divine Offices. Text: ... te. Mihi aute[m] adherere Deo bonum est: ponere in Domino Deo spe[m] meam. Ut annu[n]tiem omnes pr[a]edicationes tuas: in portis fili[a]e Sion. Psal[mus]. Ut quid Deus repulisti in finem: iratus est (verso) furor tuus super oves pascu[a]e tu[a]e. Memor esto congregationis tue: quam possedisti ab initio. Rede misti virgam hereditatis tue: mons Sion in quo habitasti in eo. Leva manus tuas in su...
Mihi au te ad herere deo bonus est (online)
9
Beati immaculati in via ca. 1450
1 vellum leaf (61 x 43 cm.). Six five-line staves
Scope and Contents note
Text: Beati immaculati in via qui ambulant in lege Domini. Gloria patri et filio et spiritu sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in secula seculorum. Amen Diffusa est gratia in labiis tues propterea benedixit. Forms part of Introit and gradual for the Common Mass for a Holy Woman and a Martyr.
Beati immaculati in via (online)
10
Mirificavit Dominus Sanctos suos ca. 1490
1 vellum leaf (57 x 42 cm.). Six four-line staves of square notes.
Scope and Contents note
Text: Mirificavit D[omi]n[u]s Sa[n]ctos suos, [et] exaudivit eos clama[n]tes ad te. Admirabile e[st] nom[en] tuum D[omi]ne : quia Gloria et honore coro[n]asti S[an]c[t]os tuos et co[n] est constituisti eos sup[er] op[er]a manuum tuarum. Forms part of the Feast of All Saints.
Mirificavit Dominus Sanctos suos (online)
11
Sacerdo tes Dei benedicite 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (42cm x 33cm). Seven 4 line staves with square notation.
Scope and Contents note
Text in Latin.
Sacerdo tes Dei benedicite (online)
12
Psalm 66 fourth verse 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (94cm x 65cm). Five 5 line staves with square notation.
Scope and Contents note
Second Sunday after Epiphany, begins with "Introit", a portion of an introducuction to a celebration of the Eucharist. Latin translated into English as "All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name." Of Spanish origin, based on shield at bottom on recto: Coat-of-arms of the Dukes of Escalona of the Pacheco family. Ducal title by King Henry IV of Castile, 17 December 1472 (Source: Julio de Atienza. Nobiliario Espanol, p. 859. Alonso Lopez de Haro. Nobiliario genealogico de los Reyes y titulos de Espana (1622) vol. 2, p. 285.) Identifier: ismm12
Psalm 66 fourth verse (online)
13
Duos pullos columba rum 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (42 cm x 34.5 cm). 10 four line staves with square notation.
Scope and Contents note
Text in Latin. Italian origin.
Duos pullos columba rum

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