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date: 20 August 2019

Sources, MSlocked

  • Stanley Boorman,
  • John A. Emerson,
  • David Hiley,
  • David Fallows,
  • Thomas B. Payne,
  • Elizabeth Aubrey,
  • Lorenz Welker,
  • Manuel Pedro Ferreira,
  • Ernest H. Sanders,
  • Peter M. Lefferts,
  • Ursula Günther,
  • Gilbert Reaney,
  • Kurt von Fischer,
  • Gianluca D’Agostino,
  • Charles Hamm,
  • Jerry Call
  •  and Herbert Kellman


A manuscript source is one that is written by hand. Before the invention of printing, music was preserved either by oral transmission or by MS copies. There is no reason to believe that oral transmission preserves the same music for more than a few centuries, at least in the West, so that all our knowledge of medieval and early Renaissance music depends on MSS. From the start of printing until the work of Petrucci in 1501, almost all printed music was monophonic, mostly chant: even thereafter, however, there has remained a living tradition of the MS copying of certain repertories where printing would not have been economically feasible.

The present article comprises a preliminary discussion of the nature of MS sources and their significance for present-day musical research, followed by a series of sections that review the character and repertory of the main classes of MS in use before 1600...

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Montbéliard, Bibliothèque Municipale
Winchester, Winchester College, Warden and Fellows' Library
Chartres, Bibliothèque Municipale
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Turin, Biblioteca Reale
Treviso, Biblioteca Capitolare della Cattedrale
Early Music History
The New Oxford History of Music (Oxford, 1954-90)
Assisi, Biblioteca Comunale [in I-Af]
Etudes grégoriennes
Florence, Parrocchia di S Lorenzo, Biblioteca
Berne, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek
Birmingham, Birmingham University
Amiens, Bibliothèque Municipale
Munich, Frauenkirche [on loan to D-FS]
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Monasterio, Real Biblioteca
Milan, Biblioteca Trivulziana e Archivio Storico Civico
Mozart-Jahrbuch [Salzburg, 1950-]
Madrid, Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, Biblioteca
Kraków, Biblioteka Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Music & Letters
F.Ll. Harrison: Music in Medieval Britain (London, 1958, 4/1980)
Oxford, New College Library
Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III
Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, sezione Musicale
Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra, Biblioteca Geral, Impressos e Manuscritos Musicais
Budapest, Országos Széchényi Könyvtár
Poznań, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Sekcja Zbiorów Muzycznych
G. Gaspari: Catalogo della Biblioteca del Liceo musicale di Bologna, i-iv (Bologna, 1890-1905/R); v, ed. U. Sesini (Bologna, 1943/R)
Early Music
Siena, Biblioteca Comunale degli Intronati
Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Bibliothèque
Journal of Musicology
Paris, Conservatoire [in F-Pn]
Hanover (NH), Dartmouth College, Baker Library
Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
's-Hertogenbosch, Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap
Padua, Seminario Vescovile, Biblioteca
R. Stevenson: Renaissance and Baroque Musical Sources in the Americas (Washington DC, 1970)
Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana
Tournai, Chapitre de la Cathédrale, Archives
Gesellschaft für Musikforschung: Kongress-Bericht [1950-]
Dijon, Bibliothèque Municipale
Gainesville (FL), University of Florida Library, Music Library
Cortona, Biblioteca Comunale e dell'Accademia Etrusca
Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional
Fribourg, Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik
Trent, Biblioteca Comunale
Atri, Basilica Cattedrale di S Maria Assunta, Biblioteca Capitolare e Museo
Bologna, Basilica di S Petronio, Archivio Musicale
Florence, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Luigi Cherubini
R.M.A. [Royal Musical Association] Research Chronicle
Summa musicae medii aevi
Madrid, Archivo Histórico Nacional
Chicago, University, Joseph Regenstein Library, Music Collection
Ivrea, Cattedrale, Biblioteca Capitolare
Utrecht, Universiteit Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek
Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek
Florence, Ss Annunziata, Archivio
Nuremberg, Germanisches National-Museum, Bibliothek
Oxford, Bodleian Library
Frankfurt, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek
Oxford, Christ Church Library
Bratislava, Miestne Pracovisko Matice Slovenskej [in SK-Mms]
Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Universitätsbibliothek, Abteilung Handschriften und Alte Drucke
Die Musikforschung
Leiden, Rijksuniversiteit, Bibliotheek
Muzïkal 'nïy sovremennik
Nuremberg, Bibliothek Egidienplatz
New York, Robert O. Lehman, private collection [in US-NYpm]
Rome, Biblioteca Angelica
Merseburg, Domstift, Stiftsarchiv
New York, Hispanic Society of America, Library
Journal of the American Musicological Society
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Chantilly, Musée Condé
Musica disciplina
Trent, Biblioteca Capitolare con Annesso Archivio
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Cambridge, University Library
London, British Library
Granada, Capilla Real, Archivo de Música
Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Segovia, Catedral, Archivo Capitular
Poznań, Archiwum Archidiecezjalna
Worms, Stadtbibliothek und Öffentliche Büchereien
J. Wolf: Handbuch der Notationskunde (Leipzig, 1913-19/R)
Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Prague, Národní Muzeum
London, Westminster Abbey Library
Parma, Archivio di Stato
Arras, Médiathèque Municipale
Valladolid, Catedral Metropolitana, Archivo de Música
Cambridge, Pembroke College Library
Lisbon, Biblioteca da Ajuda
Aberystwyth, Llyfryell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales
Warsaw, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Gabinet Zbiorów Muzycznych
Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale
New York, Public Library at Lincoln Center, Music Division
Warsaw, Biblioteka Narodowa
Tarazona, Catedral, Archivo Capitular
Toledo, Catedral, Archivo y Biblioteca Capítulares
London, Public Record Office
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire
Cividale del Friuli, Duomo (Parrocchia di S Maria Assunta), Archivio Capitolare
Châlons-en-Champagne, Bibliothèque Municipale
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Dipartimento Musica
Wells, Cathedral Library
Brussels, Conservatoire Royal, Bibliothèque, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Bibliotheek
Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich
New York, Wildenstein Collection
Sammelbände der Internationalen Musik-Gesellschaft
Besançon, Bibliothèque de l'Archevêché
Durham, Cathedral Church, Dean and Chapter Library
Munich, Opernarchiv
York, Minster Library
Worcester, Cathedral Library
Musical Times
Aachen, Domarchiv (Stiftsarchiv)
Engelberg, Kloster, Musikbibliothek
International Musicological Society: Congress Report [1930-]
19th Century Music
Milan, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense
Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Cleveland, Western Reserve University, Freiberger Library and Music House Library
Casale Monferrato, Duomo di Sant'Evasio, Archivio Capitolare
Acta musicologica
Modena, Biblioteca Estense e Universitaria
Barcelona, Orfeó Catalá, Biblioteca
Montpellier, Bibliothèque Inter-Universitaire, Section Médecine
Tortosa, Catedral
Rivista italiana di musicologia
Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College
Oxford, Worcester College
Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Miscellanea musicologica [Australia]
Cambridge, Trinity College, Library
Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Handschriftensammlung
Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Municipale
Apt, Basilique Ste Anne
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Prague, Národní Knihovna, Hudenbí Oddělení
Ipswich, Suffolk Record Office
Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Music Division
Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale
Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal
Cambrai, Médiathèque Municipale
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Oxford, Magdalen College Library
Archiv für Musikwissenschaft
Barcelona, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Seccíon de Música
Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie
St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Handschriftenabteilung
Aosta, Seminario Maggiore
Udine, Biblioteca Comunale Vincenzo Joppi
Weimar, Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek
Prato, Archivio Storico Diocesano, Biblioteca (con Archivio del Duomo)
Rome, Curia Generalizia dei Domenicani (S Sabina), Biblioteca
Paris, Bibliothèque Ste-Geneviève
Milan, Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Biblioteca
Bologna, Biblioteca Universitaria, sezione Musicale
Esztergom, F˝székesegyházi Kottatár
Prague, Pražská Metropolitní Kapitula
Verona, Accademia Filarmonica, Biblioteca e Archivio
Ostiglia, Opera Pia G. Greggiati Biblioteca Musicale
Vienna, Universitätsbibliothek
Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte (1923-)
Basle, Universität Basel, Öffentliche Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Tijdschrift van de Vereniging voor Nederlandse muziekgeschiedenis [and earlier variants]
Seville, Institución Colombina
New York, Pierpont Morgan Library
Berlin, Stadtbibliothek, Musikbibliothek [in D-Bz]
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek
Marburg, Staatsarchiv und Archivschule
Vienna, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
Embrun, Trésor de la Cathédrale
Montserrat, Abadía
Burgos, Cistercian Monasterio de Las Huelgas
Lucca, Archivio di Stato
Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale Albert 1er/Koninlijke Bibliotheek Albert I, Section de la Musique
Laon, Bibliothèque Municipale
Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
Chicago, Newberry Library
Faenza, Biblioteca Comunale Manfrediana, Raccolte Musicali
Toulouse, Bibliothèque Municipale
Gerona, Catedral, Archivo/Arxiu Capitular
Modena, Archivio di Stato [in I-MOe]
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Parker Library
G. Adler, ed.: Handbuch der Musikgeschichte (Frankfurt, 1924, 2/1930/R)
Grottaferrata, Biblioteca del Monumento Nazionale
Rimini, Biblioteca Civica Gambalunga
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Berkeley, University of California at Berkeley, Music Library
Padua, Biblioteca Universitaria
Zwettl, Zisterzienserstift, Stiftsbibliothek
Barcelona, Archivo de la Corona de Aragón/Arixiu de la Corona d'Aragó
Serrant, Château
Perugia, Biblioteca Comunale Augusta
Brno, Moravské Zemské Muzeum, Oddělení Dějin Hudby
Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense, sezione Musica
Dresden, Sächsische Staatsoper, Notenbibliothek [in D-Dl]
Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Dept of Manuscripts and Printed Books
Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional, Centro de Estudos Musicológicos
Nuremberg, Bibliothek beim Landeskirchlichen Archiv
Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys Library
Innsbruck, Universitätsbibliothek
Le Havre, Bibliothèque Municipale
Regensburg, Bischöfliche Zentralbibliothek, Proske-Musikbibliothek
Paris, Bibliothèque Pierre Aubry
Montefiore dell'Aso, Francesco Egidi, private collection
Vyšší Brod, Knihovna Cisterciáckého Kláštera
Trent, Castello del Buonconsiglio: Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, Biblioteca
Bratislava, Univerzitná Knižnica, Narodné Knižničné Centrum, Hudobńy Kabinet
Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Universitätsbibliothek, Abteilung Handschriften, Nachlässe, Alte Drucke
Cambridge, St John's College
Chelmsford, Essex County Record Office
Revue de musicologie
Foligno, Biblioteca Comunale
Musical Quarterly
Verona, Biblioteca Capitolare