PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Modena, Italy, Archivio Storico Diocesano di Modena-Nonantola, MS Mus. IX

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: I-MOd 9

DIAMM Source Key: 1436

Image repositories: ASDMN

Folio(s): All folios

Date: c. 1520-30

with additions by O. Vecchi, late 16th century

Location of origin: Modena, Italy


Copied in Modena, for use by the cathedral choir. Still held in original location.


Person: Anonymous, Anonymous
Person type: scribe
Note: Scribes C, D, E, V, W

Person: Vecchi, Orazio
Person type: scribe

Basis for description: original

Modena, Italy, Archivio Storico Diocesano di Modena-Nonantola, MS Mus. IX, All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: iii + 95 + iii

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 490 x 325

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: 1. Original foliation, ink recto top right, 50-99, C00, Ci- Cxxi (with gap between cxvi and cxviiii = 67/68), corresponding to ff. 1-70.
2. Modern library foliation, pencil bottom right, 1-95 (f. 57 unnumbered), replaced by correct pencil foliation top right, 1-94

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking always
Ruled grid always,
Vertical bounding lines only, no text lines
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 Justification lines only.
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum often 1-56, 71-93 Three different rastra: A 19-mm rastrum was used on fols. 41r-56v and 85r-93v, a 19.5-mm rastrum on fols. 71r-80v and 83r-84v, and a 20-mm rastrum on fols. 1r-40v and 81r-82v
double rastrum sometimes 57-70, 94-95
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always Music and text always indented over ruled staves, even where not needed to accommodate initials
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

Copying of text and music

Language(s) Latin
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one text all voice parts always
Colour(s) of notation brown
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note rhomboid shaped notation (f. 95r teardrop shaped)
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy fair
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
signes-de-renvoi occasionally
cue notes one or two notes after custos before page-turn to indicate beginning on next opening, occasionally
Line fillers Folios Note
Types of script textura
Types of script note with cursive elements
Colour(s) of text brown
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions fairly many
Abbreviations some
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text Composer names, normally; voice-names in second part (from f. 70) only


Level of Decoration fair
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
penned initials often calligraphic , calligraphic with decoration, plain initials
Other decoration frequency Folios Other decoration type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
sometimes decorative final long Scribe V