A-Wn Cod 5455, fol. 180v (4) – Maý etc

A-Wn Cod 5455, fol. 180v (photographed by Robert Klugseder in the course of the cataloguing project Musikalische Quellen (9.-15. Jahrhundert) in der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek) features four untexted melodies with German incipits, which were announced in an earlier entry to this blog site:

  1. Pärlein vnd mit
  2. An czal dý etc
  3. Paradys ich han gesúcht
  4. Maý etc

The fourth and last melody on this page is also the longest. The tiny incipit may refer to any song which features the month of “May” somewhere in its first verse (such as a number of pieces in the Sterzinger Miszellaneen-Handschrift).

Fourth melody on A-Wn cod 5455, fol. 180v: "May etc", reproduced with the kind permission of the ÖNB Vienna (photo ©Robert Klugseder).

Fourth melody on A-Wn cod 5455, fol. 180v: “May etc”, reproduced with the kind permission of the ÖNB Vienna (photo ©Robert Klugseder).

Once more, the first phrase appears to be an untexted opening melisma to the song:

    Transcription of "Maý etc" with nearly consequent use of stroke notation.

Transcription of “Maý etc” with nearly consequent use of stroke notation.

The notation of “Maý etc” seems to be much more rhythmically organised than the other three melodies, especially in what I feel might by the “A-part”: The stroke notation can almost be transcribed as mensural notation for the first third of the melody. The notation of the remaining two-thirds might, however, not meant to be read as strictly mensural as this following attempt at a rhythmic edition suggests:

"Maý etc": Attempt at a rhythmised transcription of the stroke notation.

“Maý etc”: Attempt at a rhythmic transcription of the stroke notation.

Marc Lewon

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