A-LIb 529, Fragment 28

[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 (1984) go to the homepage of this project. The image rights lie with Robert Klugseder who took the photos.]

Argentum et aurum (Heinrich Isaac)

According to his preliminary inventory Reinhard Strohm was able to identify Linz Fragment 28 as a concordance to Isaac’s motet upon the chant-cantus firmus Argentum et aurum—a composition which can also be found in the Leopold and Apel Codices. Fragment 28 contains a bit more than the second half of the tenor voice and the first half of the altus for this composition. One noteworthy if minute difference between the Linz and the Leopold-Codex versions is that the dotted semibreves in Leopold tend to be divided into a semibreve plus minim motif in Linz, giving that version more of a rhythmic pulse. The following edition presents the missing voices in cue notes and the cut off bits of tenor and altus in grey notation all of it taken from the transmission in the Leopold Codex (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Mus. ms. 3454, fol. 72v-73, no. 50). As in the Leopold Codex also the transmission in Linz could well have featured a text underlay for the cantus voice.

Heinrich Isaac: "Argentum et aurum" - missing notation marked as cue and grey notation (taken from transmission in the Leopold Codex)

Heinrich Isaac: “Argentum et aurum” – missing notation marked as cue and grey notation (taken from transmission in the Leopold Codex)

Marc Lewon

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