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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

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



Descriptive Summary

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.
Identification: MS 510
Extent 3 linear feet (13 leaves)
Languages Materials are in Latin.
Repository: Brown Fine Arts Library / Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

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

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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 the 1950s by Stanley S. Slotkin and Mrs. Ralph D. Looney, and another donated by John Wright in the early 1990s.

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.

Alternate form available

The majority of this material is available online through Fondren Digital Collections: visit http://www.rice.edu/fondren/hyperion/collections/medieval_info.htm

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1
Venite adoremus eum 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (65 x 47 cm.). Verso only. Five five-line staves with square notes.

Text: Venite adoremus eum quia ipse est Dominus De[us noster.]. Forms part of the Antiphon for Psalm 94 for Epiphany Sunday.

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2
Tota pulchra Maria 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (52 x 33 cm.). Six five-line staves with square notes.

Text: tota pulchra es Maria, et macula [originalis] non est in te. Forms part of the Antiphon for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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3
Maria matre eius et procidentes 15th-16th century
1 leaf on vellum

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4
Sepelierunt Stephanum viri timorati 1550-1575
1 vellum leaf (47 x 34 cm.). Six four-line staves with square notes.

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.

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5
Ad te levavi animan meam 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (52 x 37 cm.) Eight four-line staves with square notes.

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.

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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.

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.

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7
Hodie Christus natus est 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf (83 x 61cm.). Six five-line staves with square notes.

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.

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8
Mihi au te ad herere deo bonus est 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf

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9
Beati immaculati in via ca. 1450
1 vellum leaf (61 x 43 cm.). Six five-line staves

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.

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10
Mirificavit Dominus Sanctos suos ca. 1490
1 vellum leaf (57 x 42 cm.). Six four-line staves of square notes.

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.

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11
Sacerdo tes Dei benedicite 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf

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12
Psalm 66 fourth verse 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf

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13
(uncataloged) 15th-16th century
1 vellum leaf

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