A-LIb 529, Fragment 44

[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.]

[Glog 100]

As Strohm has pointed out in his preliminary inventory the composition on Linz Fragment 44 has a textless concordance in the Glogau Songbook (no. 100). The Linz transmission, however, only features a fragmentary A-part of the piece: It contains the ending of the cantus for the A-part, the entire tenor line of the A-part and the beginning of the contratenor of the A-part. The set-up suggests that the B-part was probably located on the facing page of an opening thus making Fragment 44 a verso side. This finding would also fit nicely with the notion that Fragment 43 used to contain a complete three voice Le serviteur setting without a bassus line. A fourth voice for that composition would most likely have required space on an adjacent page, which is not available in the proposed layout. It might also be interesting to note that both pieces, Le serviteur on Fragment 43 and [Glog100] are (most likely) three voice settings, while most of the other compositions in the Linz Fragments discussed so far have four voices (one exception being the J’ay pris amours on Fragment 9).

The following edition gives only the A-part of the textless piece with the missing notation taken from the transmission of the Glogau Songbook.

A-part of the textless, three voice composition on Fragment 44, missing notation (grey) taken from the concordance in Glog 100

A-part of the textless, three voice composition on Fragment 44, missing notation (grey) taken from the concordance in Glog 100

Marc Lewon

PS [8.5.2015]: Glog 100 can be found in an instrumental rendering on track 35 of the CD “Das Glogauer Liederbuch (The Glogau Song Book). Songs, Comic Tales and Tails”, Ensemble Dulce Melos, Sabine Lutzenberger (soprano), Martin Hummel (baritone), Marc Lewon (lute, direction), NAXOS 2012 with booklet notes by Reinhard Strohm.

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