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Ms. Codex 297 - [Madrigale e canzoni]
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[Madrigale e canzoni] [manuscript].
[Italy, between 1600 and 1625]
Physical description:
28 leaves : paper, music ; 235 x 170 mm. bound to 243 x 176 mm.
Musical settings of Italian texts with eight 5-line staves to a page and roughly diamond-shaped note heads. Fourteen compositions for solo voice with unfigured bass and seven duets, likewise with continuo accompaniment. Five of the solo-voice works set madrigal texts. One item is a setting of a poem from Petrarch's Canzoniere (or, Rime). Three or possibly four of the songs are compositions of Giuseppino Cenci.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
The individual songs do not have titles in the text. Incipit of each song is marked by a large capital letter in the left margin.
Collation: Paper, 28; 1⁸, 2⁴, 3⁴, 4⁸, 5⁴; 1-28; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto.
Script: Written in a semi-calligraphic cursive script by at least three different hands.
Binding: Contemporary vellum.
Origin: Written in Italy between 1600 and 1625 (Bridges).
Fragile. Cover stained, worn and split. Book block only loosely sewn to cover. Pastedowns mostly missing. Quires loose. Some leaves splitting at the binding and coming loose. Some oxidation of ink. Various stains and smudges; large smudge on f. 20r.
The following are on file in the Library: list of incipits; notes by Thomas Bridges, University of Pennsylvania Music Department (November, 1968); an analysis of the foliation and watermarks by Eugene K. Wolf, University of Pennsylvania Music Department; description by John Walter Hill, whose book includes transcriptions of these works.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 297.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 297
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