PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

Mise-en-page in manuscripts and printed books containing polyphonic music, 1480—1530

Manuscript: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, Muzeum Východních Čech, Knihovna, MS Hr-34 (II A 27) (olim 8712)

Manuscript type: partbook (single)

RISM siglum: CZ-HKm II.A.27

DIAMM Source Key: 1828

Image repositories: Manuscriptorium

Folio(s): All folios

Date: 16th century

Location of origin: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic


16th century. From the collection of a confraternity of literati at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Hradec Králové.

Basis for description: high-quality image

Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, Muzeum Východních Čech, Knihovna, MS Hr-34 (II A 27) (olim 8712), All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: T: i + 236

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 220 x 160

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: 1. Modern pagination partly stamped, partly retraced in ink or pencil, bottom middle, 1-472.
2. Original piece numbering (letters and numbers), in red ink above each piece or next to it in the margin.

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid always,
vertical bounding lines only
Ruling pattern highly regular
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
hard point or lead point always often hardly visible
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
varies normally only on p. 1 staves indented (quadruple), but subsequently deep indents over 1-3 ruled staves at the beginning of every new piece.
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
left between voice parts as part of grid occasionally
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
no separate text always
Adhoc adaptation Frequency Folios Note
notation extended into margin sometimes

Copying of text and music

Language(s) Czech, Latin
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one or two texts tenor always
Colour(s) of notation black brown
Type(s) of notation void mensural, chant (Central European)
Type of notation note teardrop shaped notation
Monophonic notation present
occasionally; intonations and brief passages
Level of calligraphy fair
Later changes Folios
some pieces at the end of the two main sections apparently added later by different scribe(s)
Text 1
Types of script cursive
Types of script size position one main scribe and at least two secondary scribes
Level of calligraphy fair
Colour(s) of text black brown
Multiple texts yes
Abbreviations fairly many
Non underlaid vocal text none
Text 2
Types of script display script
Types of script size position large, in margins or above music
Level of calligraphy high
Colour(s) of text red blue
Liminary text liturgical rubrics


Level of Decoration fair
Decoration border frequency Border type Folios Size Position Description Discrepancies
rarely decorated pp. 1, 16 partial borders: one- and two-sided lower margin, outer margin vine branches, on p. 1 very elaborate, with grapes
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
painted initials rarely pp. 1, 16 decorated, historiated
initials planned normally Very substantial amount of space provided for initials at the beginning of every piece (usually 3 staves); no guide letter, but text begins with second letter of first word.
Other decoration frequency Folios Other decoration type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
often decorated letters, littera notabilior rubrics and some capitals in sung text Rubric often in large display script and in red (more rarely blue) ink. Capitals in sung text sometimes decorated with yellow wash