A-LIb 529, Fragment 17

[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.]

De tous biens plaine

Reinhard Strohm’s preliminary inventory lists a “De tous biens plaine” version on Linz Fragment 17 (published on the website of the Musical Sources project). It turns out to be a hitherto unknown version and is—of course, and lamentably so—transmitted here only in a fragmentary state. The bassus is missing entirely and although the beginning of the altus line survives to some extent (in the form of cut-off note stems, which can—with some imagination—be tentatively transcribed) it ultimately does not provide a reliable reading and must remain educated guesswork. Thus, only a torso of cantus and tenor survives. The counterpoint of this core suggests that the missing voices were intended to supply the occasional vital structural notes. The setting is thus already removed one step from the late medieval hierarchy of voices functions:

“De tous biens plaine”, altus and bassus missing

Marc Lewon

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