PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Bologna, Italy, Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna, MS Q 27 II°

Manuscript type: partbook (single)

RISM siglum: I-Bc 27/II

DIAMM Source Key: 1394

Image repositories: Gaspari Online

Folio(s): Discantus partbook (All folios)

Date: 1520-30

1520-30, on basis of watermarks and repertory; c. 1520 Lowinsky 1968.

Location of origin: Bologna, Italy


Probably made in Bologna


Person: Anonymous, Anonymous
Person type: scribe

Basis for description: original

Bologna, Italy, Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna, MS Q 27 II°, Discantus partbook (All folios)

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: i + 14 + i

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 132 x 210

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: modern library foliation pencil top right, 1-14

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking never
Ruled grid always,
single line to left and right, no lines for text, single horizontal line 11mm below bottom stave
Ruling pattern highly regular
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
lead point always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
light brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always no indented staves, music indented over 1-2 staves to accommodate initials, variously
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
none always
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
no separate text always

Copying of text and music

Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one text discantus normally
provided with one or two incipits discantus occasionally
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation not specified
Type of notation note squat teardrop shaped notation
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy high
Later changes Folios
one piece added on f. 14r
Types of script cursive (humanistic)
Level of calligraphy fair
Colour(s) of text black
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions fairly few
Abbreviations some
Non underlaid vocal text none


Level of Decoration poor
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
penned initials always calligraphic relatively simple cadel-type initials