A-Wn Cod 5455, fol. 180v (1) – Pärlein vnd mit (Monk of Salzburg)

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 second of these melodies (“An czal dý etc”) sounded so hauntingly familiar to me and like a number of secular pieces from the œuvre of the Monk of Salzburg that I looked for concordances there—only to find not the second but the first melody to be a new concordance to one of his pieces: “Pärlein vnd mit” turns out to be the melody of the monophonic song “Pey perlin vnd pey spangen” by the Monk of Salzburg which otherwise only survives in the Mondsee-Wiener Liederhandschrift (A-Wn Cod 2856, fol. 196v-197).

First melody on A-Wn cod 5455, fol. 180v: "Pärlein vnd mit" (= Monk of Salzburg: "Pey perlin vnd pey spangen"); reproduced with the kind permission of the ÖNB Vienna (photo ©Robert Klugseder).

First melody on A-Wn cod 5455, fol. 180v: “Pärlein vnd mit” (= Monk of Salzburg: “Pey perlin vnd pey spangen”); reproduced with the kind permission of the ÖNB Vienna (photo ©Robert Klugseder).

The following transcription is my reading of the first melody of A-Wn Cod 5455, fol. 180v:

Transcription of "Pärlein vnd mit": concordance to "Pey perlin vnd pey spangen" (Monk of Salzburg).

Transcription of “Pärlein vnd mit”: concordance to “Pey perlin vnd pey spangen” (Monk of Salzburg).

A synoptic edition of the two parallel transmissions reveals how close this new concordance is to the texted version in the Mondsee-Wiener Liederhandschrift:

    Synoptic edition of "Pey perlin vnd pey spangen" (A-Wn Cod 2856, fol. 196v-197) and "Pärlein vnd mit" (A-Wn Cod 5455, fol. 180v) - Monk of Salzburg.

Synoptic edition of “Pey perlin vnd pey spangen” (A-Wn Cod 2856, fol. 196v-197) and “Pärlein vnd mit” (A-Wn Cod 5455, fol. 180v) – Monk of Salzburg.

Apart from the third verse (= fourth musical phrase) and the notated upbeats in the Mondsee-Wiener Liederhandschrift, the melodies are almost identical. The textless opening melisma is a characteristic feature of these songs which (even though it cannot be proven without known texted concordances) seems to also apply for the other three melodies from this source.

Marc Lewon

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