PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Montserrat, Spain, Monasterio de S Maria, MS 773

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: E-MO 773

DIAMM Source Key: 2059

Basis for description: original

Montserrat, Spain, Monasterio de S Maria, MS 773
(Choirbook for Margaret of Austria)


1) Perhaps intended for Margaret of Austria. 2) Mary of Hungary, 1558. 3) Philip II, Spain (inventory of 1602, no. 16, Van der Straeten VII, 473, 480, 488, VIII, 359, 375). 4) Real Convento de la Señoras de la Encarnaçión, 1620, Madrid. 5) Benedictine Monastery, 1920s, Montserrat.


c. 1510-15, Mechelen, Belgium
brown leather over wood
Decoration: blind-tooled lozenge design, brass buckles and corners
gilt edges
Endpapers: front and back: pastedown only


Perhaps one of the two manuscripts ordered by Maximilian I in 1511 which might be identical with the choirbook listed in Margaret's 1523 inventory as a gift from Maximilian, beginning with La Rue's Missa de Sancta Anna (Schreurs 1999, 17; Margaret's letter from 7 March 1511 cited by Schreurs does not relate to the same manuscript but concerns a present from Margaret to Maximilian).