PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Zwickau, Germany, Ratsschulbibliothek, MS 95,2

Manuscript type: choirbook (fragment)

RISM siglum: D-Z 95.2

DIAMM Source Key: 254

Folio(s): Single folio

Date: Second half of 15th century

Location of origin: England, Great Britain


English. Later provenance unknown; used as the cover of a book at some point


Person: Anonymous, Anonymous
Person type: scribe
Location of origin: England, Great Britain

Basis for description: original

Zwickau, Germany, Ratsschulbibliothek, MS 95,2, Single folio

Physical description

Material: parchment

Number of leaves: 1

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 515 x 380

Quire structure: Text version

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying



Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid always,
single line to left and right, double line for text (4 mm apart)
Ruling pattern variable
pentagrams, ruled with pen and apparently without straightedge, possibly above the pre-existing very regular grid of text lines
Staves omitted from grid sometimes
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
hard point always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
freehand always possibly with straightedge
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single always one line indentation at beginning of every voice, c. 50 mm
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
left between voice parts as part of grid sometimes
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 black red
Type(s) of notation full mensural
Type of notation note teardrop shape
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy fair
Level of calligraphy folios all
Types of script textura
Level of calligraphy high,
medium to high
Colour(s) of text black red
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions none
Abbreviations some
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text none,
Later changes 'The false my' (title?)


Level of Decoration fair
Decoration border frequency Border type Folios Size Position Description Discrepancies
sometimes penflourished verso only partial borders: one-sided outer margin extended from initials, red
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
painted initials always calligraphic with decoration, flourished large one-line initials, in red, blue and gold, floral and foliate ornaments
Other decoration frequency Folios Other decoration type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
sometimes recto only decorative final long