PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Milan, Italy, Archivio della Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Sezione Musicale, Librone 2 (olim 2268)

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: I-Mfd 2268

DIAMM Source Key: 2088

Folio(s): All folios

Date: c. 1490-1500

Location of origin: Milan, Italy


Copied in Milan, for use by the cathedral choir; prepared under direction of Franchino Gafori, maestro di cappella from 1484 until his death in 1522. (DIAMM)


Person: Gaffori, Franchino
Person type: scribe
Note: Made additions to the work of the main scribe

Person: Anonymous, Anonymous
Person type: scribe
Note: wrote also parts of I-Md Librone 1

Basis for description: original

Milan, Italy, Archivio della Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Sezione Musicale, Librone 2 (olim 2268), All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: iv + ii + 211 + iv

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 650 x 445

Quire structure: Text version

Index / Table of Contents: 1ar: remains of table of contents on modern endpaper

Other devices: 1. Early (original?) foliation reddish brown ink top right, 1-20 11 (= 211)

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid always,
single line to left and right, no lines for text (except ff. 104v-107r with single and double lines for text)
Ruling pattern highly irregular
12 pentagrams, very even (136-159: 11 pentagrams)
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
lead point always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always 25.5 mm, for staves 1-2 (stave 1 only on ff. 136-159)
double rastrum always Double rastrum 27/25 mm, distance 19 mm, for staves 3-12. From f. 160 onwards 27.5/26.5 mm (as in Librone 1)
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single always stave 1 always indented, 40-65 mm. Lower voices no indent. Fol. 64-116 no indent, elsewhere indent sometimes filled out at later time
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
empty ruled staves on grid often
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
no separate text always
Adhoc adaptation Frequency Folios Note
notation and staves extended into margin sometimes

Copying of text and music

Language(s) Latin
Higlighting none
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one text all voice parts normally
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note round or rhomboid shaped notation of varying size and thickness
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy fair