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The Las Huelgas Manuscript: Burgos, Monasterio De Las Huelgas

Gordon Anderson

Published by American Institute of Musicology, 1982
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Cream colored folios. The Codex Las Huelgas (E-BUlh) is a music manuscript or codex from c. 1300 which originated in and has remained in the Cistercian convent of Santa Mar? a la Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos, in northern Spain. The convent was a wealthy one which had connections with the royal family of Castile. The manuscript was rediscovered in 1904 by two Benedictine monks who were researching Gregorian chant. The manuscript contains 45 monophonic pieces (20 sequences, 5 conductus, 10 Benedicamus tropes) and 141 polyphonic compositions. Most of the music dates from the late 13th century, with some music from the first half of the 13th century (Notre Dame repertory), and a few later additions from the first quarter of the 14th century. Many of the pieces are not found in any other manuscripts. It is written on parchment, with the staves written in red ink with Franconian notation. The bulk of material is written in one hand, although as many as 12 people contributed to it, including corrections and later additions. Johannes Roderici (Juan Rodr? guez in modern Spanish) inscribed his name in a number of places in the manuscript. He may have composed a couple of the pieces in the manuscript, as well as being scribe, compiler, and corrector, according to his own inscriptions. The manuscript was intended for use in performance, and raises questions regarding performance practice of the pieces it contains, especially the polyphonic repertory. The monastery had a choir of 100 women at one point in the 13th century, and it is believed that this choir of women performed the polyphonic works in the manuscript, despite the Cistercian rules against the performance of polyphonic music. The manuscript contains two-part solf? ge exercises with notations on their use in the convent. [1] Source Wikipedia. Very good. light shelfwear price is for both volumes. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.0059108

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Title: The Las Huelgas Manuscript: Burgos, ...

Publisher: American Institute of Musicology

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hard cover

Edition: First edition. first thus.

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