PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Buffalo, United States, State University of New York, Music Library, MS M/02/A3/P

Manuscript type: partbook (fragment(s))

RISM siglum: US-BUu M/02/A3/P

DIAMM Source Key: 1084

Image repositories: University at Buffalo Music Library

Folio(s): All folios

Date: c. 1520


Location of origin: Germany (South), Germany


Probably of north Italian or south German origin. Acquired from Milan antiquariat by Mr. Robert Spencer, of London, in 1983; purchased by present library in 1984.


Person: Anonymous, Anonymous
Person type: scribe

Basis for description: high-quality image

Buffalo, United States, State University of New York, Music Library, MS M/02/A3/P, All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: D: 7; T: 9

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 140 x 195

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: D: original foliation ink top right, 90-93; 99; 108(?)-109(?).
T: original foliation ink top right, 49-57.
Original numbering of pieces, ink left margin: [43]-51 (T); [69]-75 and [81]-84 (D).

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid always
Ruling pattern highly regular
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
n/a always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always Music and text indented at the beginning of every piece, but not to accommodate an initial
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

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 normally
partially texted with one text discantus sometimes
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note teardrop shaped notation
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy fair
Types of script cursive (German)
Level of calligraphy fair
Colour(s) of text black
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions fairly many
Abbreviations many
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text Composer ascriptions, occasionally