PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Bologna, Italy, Archivio Musicale di S Petronio, MS A. XXXVIII (olim C)

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: I-Bsp 38

DIAMM Source Key: 235

Folio(s): All folios

Date: c. 1525

Tirro 1980

Location of origin: Bologna, Italy


Copied in Bologna for use at San Petronio; still in its original location


Person: Spataro, Giovanni
Person type: scribe
Location of origin: Bologna, Italy
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Tirro 1980

Basis for description: original

Bologna, Italy, Archivio Musicale di S Petronio, MS A. XXXVIII (olim C), All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: ii + 78 + ii

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 485 x 335

Quire structure: Text version

Title page / Frontispiece: f. 1r: 'C'

Index / Table of Contents: f. iv-iir, in margins of original parchment endpapers

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, text on single line throughout
Ruling pattern fairly regular
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
hard point and lead point always bounding lines lead point, text lines hard point
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always
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 occasionally

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 rounded rhomboid shape
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy fair
Types of script antiqua
Level of calligraphy fair
Colour(s) of text black
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions fairly few
Abbreviations some
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text Tacet inscriptions, some Voice designations, some


Level of Decoration very poor