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date: 18 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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Brussels, Conservatoire Royal, Bibliothèque, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Bibliotheek
R. Stevenson: Renaissance and Baroque Musical Sources in the Americas (Washington DC, 1970)
Miscellanea musicologica [Australia]
Cividale del Friuli, Duomo (Parrocchia di S Maria Assunta), Archivio Capitolare
Musica disciplina
G. Adler, ed.: Handbuch der Musikgeschichte (Frankfurt, 1924, 2/1930/R)
Seville, Institución Colombina
New York, Hispanic Society of America, Library
Ipswich, Suffolk Record Office
Barcelona, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Seccíon de Música
Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale
Chicago, Newberry Library
Toledo, Catedral, Archivo y Biblioteca Capítulares
Barcelona, Archivo de la Corona de Aragón/Arixiu de la Corona d'Aragó
Basle, Universität Basel, Öffentliche Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Vienna, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
Turin, Biblioteca Reale
Budapest, Országos Széchényi Könyvtár
Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense, sezione Musica
Brno, Moravské Zemské Muzeum, Oddělení Dějin Hudby
Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys Library
Modena, Biblioteca Estense e Universitaria
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Dipartimento Musica
Archiv für Musikwissenschaft
Fribourg, Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire
Trent, Biblioteca Comunale
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Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Music & Letters
Rome, Curia Generalizia dei Domenicani (S Sabina), Biblioteca
Gerona, Catedral, Archivo/Arxiu Capitular
Barcelona, Orfeó Catalá, Biblioteca
Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich
Acta musicologica
Serrant, Château
Cambridge, St John's College
Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek
Besançon, Bibliothèque de l'Archevêché
Aachen, Domarchiv (Stiftsarchiv)
Gainesville (FL), University of Florida Library, Music Library
Vyšší Brod, Knihovna Cisterciáckého Kláštera
Tijdschrift van de Vereniging voor Nederlandse muziekgeschiedenis [and earlier variants]
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Florence, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Luigi Cherubini
Regensburg, Bischöfliche Zentralbibliothek, Proske-Musikbibliothek
Sammelbände der Internationalen Musik-Gesellschaft
Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
Florence, Parrocchia di S Lorenzo, Biblioteca
Aosta, Seminario Maggiore
Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte (1923-)
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Mozart-Jahrbuch [Salzburg, 1950-]
Udine, Biblioteca Comunale Vincenzo Joppi
Florence, Ss Annunziata, Archivio
Paris, Bibliothèque Pierre Aubry
Berkeley, University of California at Berkeley, Music Library
Early Music History
Merseburg, Domstift, Stiftsarchiv
Cambridge, Trinity College, Library
Innsbruck, Universitätsbibliothek
Montefiore dell'Aso, Francesco Egidi, private collection
Trent, Biblioteca Capitolare con Annesso Archivio
Prague, Národní Knihovna, Hudenbí Oddělení
Faenza, Biblioteca Comunale Manfrediana, Raccolte Musicali
Montpellier, Bibliothèque Inter-Universitaire, Section Médecine
Oxford, Worcester College
Nuremberg, Germanisches National-Museum, Bibliothek
Journal of the American Musicological Society
London, Public Record Office
Oxford, Christ Church Library
Valladolid, Catedral Metropolitana, Archivo de Música
Parma, Archivio di Stato
Zwettl, Zisterzienserstift, Stiftsbibliothek
Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Music Division
Châlons-en-Champagne, Bibliothèque Municipale
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire
Journal of Musicology
Ostiglia, Opera Pia G. Greggiati Biblioteca Musicale
Wells, Cathedral Library
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Burgos, Cistercian Monasterio de Las Huelgas
Chelmsford, Essex County Record Office
Cambrai, Médiathèque Municipale
Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana
Grottaferrata, Biblioteca del Monumento Nazionale
Rivista italiana di musicologia
Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale
Worcester, Cathedral Library
St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Handschriftenabteilung
Trent, Castello del Buonconsiglio: Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, Biblioteca
's-Hertogenbosch, Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap
Aberystwyth, Llyfryell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales
Poznań, Archiwum Archidiecezjalna
Gesellschaft für Musikforschung: Kongress-Bericht [1950-]
Bratislava, Univerzitná Knižnica, Narodné Knižničné Centrum, Hudobńy Kabinet
Milan, Biblioteca Trivulziana e Archivio Storico Civico
Chantilly, Musée Condé
Paris, Conservatoire [in F-Pn]
Die Musikforschung
Munich, Frauenkirche [on loan to D-FS]
Marburg, Staatsarchiv und Archivschule
Cleveland, Western Reserve University, Freiberger Library and Music House Library
Atri, Basilica Cattedrale di S Maria Assunta, Biblioteca Capitolare e Museo
Casale Monferrato, Duomo di Sant'Evasio, Archivio Capitolare
Revue de musicologie
Chicago, University, Joseph Regenstein Library, Music Collection
Montserrat, Abadía
Prague, Národní Muzeum
New York, Robert O. Lehman, private collection [in US-NYpm]
Tournai, Chapitre de la Cathédrale, Archives
Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Foligno, Biblioteca Comunale
Oxford, Bodleian Library
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Rimini, Biblioteca Civica Gambalunga
Dresden, Sächsische Staatsoper, Notenbibliothek [in D-Dl]
New York, Wildenstein Collection
Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
Treviso, Biblioteca Capitolare della Cattedrale
Ivrea, Cattedrale, Biblioteca Capitolare
Worms, Stadtbibliothek und Öffentliche Büchereien
Berne, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek
Kraków, Biblioteka Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Weimar, Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik
Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Universitätsbibliothek, Abteilung Handschriften und Alte Drucke
Segovia, Catedral, Archivo Capitular
Madrid, Archivo Histórico Nacional
Lucca, Archivio di Stato
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Parker Library
Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Bibliothèque
Warsaw, Biblioteka Narodowa
Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III
F.Ll. Harrison: Music in Medieval Britain (London, 1958, 4/1980)
Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Handschriftensammlung
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek
Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Municipale
New York, Pierpont Morgan Library
Montbéliard, Bibliothèque Municipale
Madrid, Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, Biblioteca
Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional
Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal
Nuremberg, Bibliothek Egidienplatz
Paris, Bibliothèque Ste-Geneviève
Prague, Pražská Metropolitní Kapitula
Tarazona, Catedral, Archivo Capitular
Toulouse, Bibliothèque Municipale
New York, Public Library at Lincoln Center, Music Division
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Musical Times
Le Havre, Bibliothèque Municipale
Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, sezione Musicale
Utrecht, Universiteit Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek
Frankfurt, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek
Engelberg, Kloster, Musikbibliothek
Tortosa, Catedral
Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Universitätsbibliothek, Abteilung Handschriften, Nachlässe, Alte Drucke
Oxford, Magdalen College Library
Dijon, Bibliothèque Municipale
Vienna, Universitätsbibliothek
Durham, Cathedral Church, Dean and Chapter Library
Summa musicae medii aevi
Prato, Archivio Storico Diocesano, Biblioteca (con Archivio del Duomo)
Oxford, New College Library
Siena, Biblioteca Comunale degli Intronati
International Musicological Society: Congress Report [1930-]
Esztergom, F˝székesegyházi Kottatár
Musical Quarterly
Milan, Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Biblioteca
19th Century Music
Bologna, Biblioteca Universitaria, sezione Musicale
Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek
Warsaw, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Gabinet Zbiorów Muzycznych
J. Wolf: Handbuch der Notationskunde (Leipzig, 1913-19/R)
Nuremberg, Bibliothek beim Landeskirchlichen Archiv
Verona, Biblioteca Capitolare
Embrun, Trésor de la Cathédrale
Arras, Médiathèque Municipale
Munich, Opernarchiv
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Monasterio, Real Biblioteca
Early Music
York, Minster Library
Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Dept of Manuscripts and Printed Books
Padua, Biblioteca Universitaria
Assisi, Biblioteca Comunale [in I-Af]
Granada, Capilla Real, Archivo de Música
R.M.A. [Royal Musical Association] Research Chronicle
Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional, Centro de Estudos Musicológicos
Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Lisbon, Biblioteca da Ajuda
Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Hanover (NH), Dartmouth College, Baker Library
Padua, Seminario Vescovile, Biblioteca
Perugia, Biblioteca Comunale Augusta
Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale Albert 1er/Koninlijke Bibliotheek Albert I, Section de la Musique
London, Westminster Abbey Library
Rome, Biblioteca Angelica
Amiens, Bibliothèque Municipale
Bratislava, Miestne Pracovisko Matice Slovenskej [in SK-Mms]
Birmingham, Birmingham University
Cambridge, Pembroke College Library
Leiden, Rijksuniversiteit, Bibliotheek
Chartres, Bibliothèque Municipale
Cambridge, University Library
Laon, Bibliothèque Municipale
Berlin, Stadtbibliothek, Musikbibliothek [in D-Bz]
Cortona, Biblioteca Comunale e dell'Accademia Etrusca
Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College
Verona, Accademia Filarmonica, Biblioteca e Archivio
Milan, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense
Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie
London, British Library
Apt, Basilique Ste Anne
Modena, Archivio di Stato [in I-MOe]
Poznań, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Sekcja Zbiorów Muzycznych
Etudes grégoriennes
The New Oxford History of Music (Oxford, 1954-90)
Winchester, Winchester College, Warden and Fellows' Library
Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra, Biblioteca Geral, Impressos e Manuscritos Musicais
Muzïkal 'nïy sovremennik
Bologna, Basilica di S Petronio, Archivio Musicale