A-LIb 529, Fragment 10

[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.]

Ung grand povre home insanne (Antoine Busnoys)

The reverse side of Fragment 9—Fragment 10— is taken up by an almost complete set of cantus and tenor of the Busnoys chanson “Ung grand povre home insanne”. No incipit is given but the piece was identified by David Fallows in his Catalogue of Polyphonic Songs (p. 396). Parallel transmissions of the piece (for instance in the Pixérécourt manuscript) show that the Linz source must also once have featured a third voice. Another interesting detail of this transmission is a bit of seemingly “left-over” notation: The final longa of the cantus line is followed by a cut-off phrase of notation, which is very strongly reminiscent of the motif which opens the second part of the composition. Since this exact place in the cantus line features a number of mistakes, it appears that this addition was intended as a correction. The custos at the end of the additional bit of music links up nicely with the rest of the B-part. This attempt at a correction, however, is also missing notation. There seems to have been a bit of confusion with the sequential repetitions in this place.

“Ung grand povre homme insanne” by Antoine Busnoys on Linz Fragment 10. Missing or unreadable parts of the notation coloured in grey, emendations taken from chansonnier Pixérécourt, fol. 130v-131.

“Ung grand povre homme insanne” by Antoine Busnoys on Linz Fragment 10. Missing or unreadable parts of the notation coloured in grey, emendations taken from chansonnier Pixérécourt, fol. 130v-131.

Marc Lewon

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