A-LIb 529, Fragment 43

[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.]

Le serviteur

Reinhard Strohm’s preliminary inventory informs of a Le serviteur setting on Linz Fragment 43. Cantus and tenor of this setting are taken verbatim from the well-known Dufay chanson, albeit in an augmented state which is indicated by a proportion sign. Only the contratenor is new to this setting. Since the surviving three voice counterpoint does not require a supporting contratenor bassus it may well be that this actually is intended as a three voice setting. Apart from the mix-up in the labelling of tenor and contratenor, the fact that the altus voice is ultimately referred to as “contratenor” rather than “altus” could also point to a three voice setting without a bassus. I have not yet come across this version elsewhere, but it might already be known by a concordance.

"Le serviteur" on Linz Fragment 43 - cantus and tenor augmented with a new, fragmentary contratenor voice    "Le serviteur" on Linz Fragment 43 - cantus and tenor augmented with a new, fragmentary contratenor voice

“Le serviteur” on Linz Fragment 43 – cantus and tenor augmented with a new, fragmentary contratenor voice

Marc Lewon

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