A-LIb 529, Fragment 9 (a)

[The cataloguing project Musikalische Quellen (9.-15. Jahrhundert) in der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Musical Sources (9th-15th Century) in the Austrian National Library), conducted by Alexander Rausch and Robert Klugseder at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, has made the Linz Fragments available online in high-resolution images. All links to the source including a preliminary inventory by Reinhard Strohm go to the homepage of this project. The image rights lie with Robert Klugseder who took the photos.]

Marchez la dureau

In his preliminary inventory to the Linz Fragments from 1984 Reinhard Strohm had identified two pieces on Fragment 9: “Marchez la dureau” which can also be found in the Dijon Chansonnier (F-Dm 517 (formerly 295), fol. 168v-169) and a version of “J’ay pris amours” with a concordance in a Trent manuscript. The reverse side of this fragment—Fragment 10—contains yet another very interesting composition. Reason enough to have a closer look at this particular folio and to provide transcriptions here. About half of the notation of “Marchez la dureau” survives on Fragment 9. For once the bassus and altus voices are complete and instead the cantus and most of the tenor are missing—altogether at least three, maybe three and a half lines of music before the transmission of the fragment sets in. The missing parts (coloured grey) are filled in using the transmission of the Dijon Chansonnier.

“Marchez la dureau” – no surprises here, save a couple of mistakes

Marc Lewon

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