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. X

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: I-MOd 10

DIAMM Source Key: 1437

Folio(s): All folios

Date: c. 1520-30

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: Scribe E

Basis for description: original

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

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: iii + I + 56 + iii

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 555 x 405

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: 1. Modern library foliation, pencil top right, I, 1-56

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid always,
Vertical bounding lines, double lines for text
Ruling pattern highly regular
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
brown ink always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
dark brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always Music and text often indented over ruled staves 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 normally
Colour(s) of notation brown
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note rhomboid shaped notation
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy high
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
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
Level of calligraphy high
Colour(s) of text brown
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions fairly few
Abbreviations fairly many
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text Composer names, heading the opening Kyrie of every mass on verso and recto; voice-names, occasionally


Level of Decoration fair
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
penned initials normally calligraphic , flourished
Other decoration frequency Folios Other decoration type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
often decorated letters, embellished final barline elaborate penwork on some text descenders