CONSTITUTIONS WITH INSTRUCTION FOR SINGING OF LITURGY

MS 034
MS Short Title CONSTITUTIONS WITH INSTRUCTION OF SINGING OF LITURGY
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  1. CONSTITUTIONES MONALIUM SANCTE MARIE MAGDALENE DE SENIS ORDINIS EREMITARUM SANCTE AUGUSTINI (THE RULE OF THE NUNS)
  2. CEREMONIAL WITH DIRECTIONS HOW THE LITURGY IS TO BE CONDUCTED AND SUNG, DEMONSTRATED WITH SETTINGS OF MUSIC, ANTIPHON SINGING AND WESTMENTS, TONES AND CHANTS
  3. MUSICAL SETTINGS DEMONSTRATING THE TONES AND OTHER CHANTS FOR THE DIVINE OFFICE
  4. CONSTITUTIONES MONALIUM SANCTE MARIE MAGDALENE DE SENIS (THE RULE OF THE NUNS)
Description MS in Latin and Italian (text 4) on vellum, Siena, Italy, mid 15th c., 68 ff. (complete), 23x16 cm, single column (17x12 cm), 24-34 lines in a rounded semi humanistic book script, text 4 in a fine sloping calligraphic italic 16th c. book script, written by order of Girolamo of Napoli, Augustinian Provincial General, 21 ff. of square notation on a 3- and 4-line red staff, with C- and F-clefs indicated.
Binding Siena, Italy, mid 15th c. blindstamped calf over wooden boards, sewn of 3 cords, lower cover inset with contemporary Siennese painting of St. Maria Magdalene holding her jar of ointments, finely painted in colours and gold within pink border (once covered with horn), in the style of Guidoccio Cozzarelli (1450-1495) or by Andrea di Niccolo or his school. 5 brass bosses.
Provenance 1. Augustinian Hermetical Convent of Santa Maria Maddalena, Siena (ca. 1450-1782 or later); 2. Richard Bladsworth Angus (emigrated to Canada in 1857); 3. Sotheby's 26.11.1985:99; 4. H.P. Kraus, New York. Deaccession May 2010.
Commentary Contemporary accounts of how to perform medieval music are rare, and important for our understanding of how we shall perform it today.
See also MS 198, Antiphonal, Germany, 1430
Place of origin Italy
Dates mid 15c AD

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