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 106,4

Manuscript type: partbooks (complete set)

RISM siglum: D-Z 106,4

DIAMM Source Key: 2017

Folio(s): All folios

Date: First half of 16th century

Location of origin: Zwickau, Germany


Copied in Zwickau, probably for use at local Latin school.


Person: Anonymous, Anonymous
Person type: scribe

Basis for description: original

Zwickau, Germany, Ratsschulbibliothek, MS 106,4, All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: D, A, T, B: 2 each; Q: 1

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 210 x 160

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: 1. Modern foliation through all five booklets, stamped top right, 1-9
2. Modern piece numbering 1-5, pencil left margin

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking never
Ruled grid never,
single line on left, no lines for text
Ruling pattern variable
staves ruled freehand, sometimes uneven, not parallel, varying in distance. Apparently first only ruled for first two pieces, then 3-5 added on new ruling with slightly larger rastrum.
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
hard point always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single always one line indentation at beginning of every voice for pieces 1 and 3; for 2, 4 and 5 music and text indented over ruled staves
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
empty ruled staves on grid sometimes empty staves after pieces 2 and 5
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 teardrop shape
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy poor
Types of script cursive (German)
Level of calligraphy poor
Colour(s) of text brown
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions few
Abbreviations few
Non underlaid vocal text none


Level of Decoration n/a