PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Kraków, Poland, Biblioteka Jagiellonska, Berlin MS Mus. 40098 (olim Z 98 and Z 8037)

Manuscript type: partbooks (complete set)

RISM siglum: PL-Kj Berlin 40098

DIAMM Source Key: 1569

Image repositories: Jagiellonian Digital Library

Folio(s): Contratenor Partbook, all folios

Date: c. 1477-82

Gancarczyk 2014

Location of origin: Zagan, Silesia


Probably compiled by abbot Martin Rinkenberg for the monastery of the Canons Regular in Żagań (Ger. Sagan) in Silesia, not in Glogau in Silesia as has long been assumed (and what gave the source its nickname 'Glogauer Liederbuch'). Later in the possession of the Latin School at the collegiate church of Glogau as witnessed by the inscription 'Catalogo Ecclesiae Colleg. Glogoviae Maj. inscribtus' from the middle of the 16th century. Gancarczyk 2009. Probably came into the possession of the Prussian State Library in the 19th century. In 1945, it was moved with many other precious holdings to Grüssau Abbey in Silesia to protect it from the Battle of Berlin; after the end of the War, it was moved to the Biblioteka Jagiellonska in Kraków.


Person: Rinkenberg, Martin
Person type: scribe


Ringmann/Klapper/Väterlein 1936-81, Owens 1979, Gancarczyk 2001, Gancarczyk 2014

Basis for description: high quality image (b/w)

Kraków, Poland, Biblioteka Jagiellonska, Berlin MS Mus. 40098 (olim Z 98 and Z 8037), Contratenor Partbook, all folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: 175

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 153 x 215

Quire structure: Text version

Index / Table of Contents: One index (ff. 3r-6r), alphabetical with pieces in order of appearance in the book within each letter.

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid always,
usually double vertical bounding line on the left (with clefs between the two lines), single line on the right; no text lines
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
brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always Music indented over ruled staves to make room for initials
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
empty ruled staves on grid occasionally
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
not in dedicated space occasionally
Adhoc adaptation Frequency Folios Note
made for complete additional staves rarely
partial additional staves rarely
notation and staves extended into margin occasionally

Copying of text and music

Language(s) Czech, French, German, Latin
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one text contratenor sometimes
provided with single incipit contratenor often
partially texted with one or two texts contratenor often
untexted contratenor sometimes
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note slightly angular teardrop shape
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy fair
Types of script cursive (German)
Level of calligraphy fair
Colour(s) of text black
connecting lines in red ink
Multiple texts yes
occasionally multiple underlaid strophes
Text repetitions few
Abbreviations some
Non underlaid vocal text additional
occasional additional strophes of text in empty space next to or below the notation
Liminary text Titles of pieces, normally, above text block, more rarely beside or below it


Level of Decoration fair
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
penned initials always plain initials at the beginning of pieces, over ruled staves with music and text indented Ornate capitals in red, blue and black