PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Munich, Germany, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Musica MS 5 (olim H.C.50; = MaiM 10)

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: D-Mbs 5

DIAMM Source Key: 2185

Image repositories: Digitale Bibliothek (BSB Munich)

Folio(s): All folios

Date: c. 1523-31

Bente 1968

Location of origin: Munich, Germany


Copied in Munich, for use by the court chapel of Wilhelm IV, Duke of Bavaria (1493-1550). Kept in Hofkapelle library until end of 18th century, then transferred to ducal court library, whose holdings formed foundation of present Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.


Person: Wagenrieder, Lucas
Person type: scribe
Location of origin: Munich, Germany
Note: Possibly copied by Lucas Wagenrieder (<a href="/bibliography/#entry364" data-tooltip="" class="has-tip tip-top reference" data-placement="top" rel="tooltip" data-original-title="" title="Bente, Martin, Neue Wege der Quellenkritik und die Biographie Ludwig Senfls (Wiesbaden, 1968) "><i class="fa fa-book"></i>Bente 1968</a>) although that ascription is now considered doubtful.

Basis for description: original

Munich, Germany, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Musica MS 5 (olim H.C.50; = MaiM 10), All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: 204

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 560 x 400

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: 1. Modern pencil foliation recto top right, 1-203 (by J. J. Maier) (last folio unnumbered).
2. Original quire signatures in ink, bottom right of every first recto, partially trimmed off.

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking occasionally,
mostly for bounding lines only; also single prickings for staves from f. 140
Ruled grid rarely
Ruling pattern fairly irregular
Staves ruled flexibly to accommodate music
Staves omitted from grid n/a
Incomplete staves often,
length of staves adjusted to amount of music
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
lead point normally 1-41, 95-204
hard point occasionally 42-94
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single normally first stave of each voice-part on each opening nearly always indented for initial, voice name or visual separation; depth of indentation very variable
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
variable space, not 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 rarely

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 black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note rhomboid-shaped notation
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy high
Text 1
Types of script textura
Colour(s) of text black
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions fairly many
Abbreviations fairly few
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text Rubrics, voice designations (at beginning of pieces incorporating initials, within pieces usually only to indicate reduced textures); composer ascriptions. Tacet inscriptions, canonic inscriptions.
Text 2
Types of script display script
Types of script size position Rubrics, voice designations (at beginning of pieces incorporating initials, within pieces usually only to indicate reduced textures); composer ascriptions; all in red ink. Tacet inscriptions, canonic inscriptions, some in red, some in black.
Types of script note Textura, only slightly bigger and more elaborate than sung text. Sometimes large Roman capitals
Level of calligraphy high
Colour(s) of text black red


Level of Decoration fair
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
penned initials occasionally 1v-2r, 41v-42r, 87v-88r, 119v-120r calligraphic Initials in blue, green, purple, red. Referring to text in D, to voice names in other voices.