A-Wn Cod 5455, fol. 180v (3) – Paradys ich han gesúcht

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 third melody on this page is—thanks to its characteristic C-tonality—again reminiscent of certain songs by the Monk of Salzburg and of German liederbuch “tenors”. And again, the first phrase is very typical for an untexted opening melisma (compare for instance “Scheyden du vil sendighe not” from the Rostocker Liederbuch). A concordance, however, is yet waiting to be discovered:

Third melody on A-Wn cod 5455, fol. 180v: "Paradys ich han gesúcht", reproduced with the kind permission of the ÖNB Vienna (photo ©Robert Klugseder).

Third melody on A-Wn cod 5455, fol. 180v: “Paradys ich han gesúcht”, reproduced with the kind permission of the ÖNB Vienna (photo ©Robert Klugseder).

Transcription of "Paradys ich han gesúcht", reminiscent of melodies by the Monk of Salzburg.

Transcription of “Paradys ich han gesúcht”, reminiscent of melodies by the Monk of Salzburg.

Marc Lewon

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