HYMN TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

MS 1275/28
MS Short Title HYMN TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Text PAULUS DIACONUS: HYMN TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Description MS in Latin on vellum, France, ca. 1400, 1 partial f., 13x10 cm, 1 of 2 columns, (13x10 cm remaining, column width 10 cm), 5 lines in a formal Gothic book script of medium grade, 4 lines of square notation on a 4-line red staff with C clef, headings in red, single red vertical red bounding lines, 1 red initial, a large, 3x3 cm, initial U in gold and blue, patterned in white, purple and black
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Context Inserted in the Le Moine palaeography handbook, MS 1275/01.
Provenance 1. Cathedral of Toul, Lorraine (ca. 1400-1761); 2. Pierre-Camille Le Moine, archivist and secretary of the cathedral of Toul (1761-1789); 3. M. le baron de Tremont, no. 1253; 4. M. Marchant, Saint-Mihiel; 5. François-Jean Baptiste Noël, Nancy, no 6205 (-1856); 6. Bruce Ferrini, Akron, Ohio.
Commentary The text of the famous hymn to St. John the Baptist is attested from about 800. In the 11th c. Guido of Arezzo named the notes of the musical scale after the opening syllables of each line: Ut - Re(sonare) - Mi(ra) - Fa(muli) - Sol(ue) -La(bii). The syllables were by chance distinctive, and operated by reference to a textual order. In addition the first 6 lines of the hymn's melody began successively on the degrees of the scale c - a. The present MS has the same text, but a different musical setting.
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Place of origin France
Dates ca 1400 AD

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