PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: St Gall, Switzerland, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 461

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: CH-SGs 461

DIAMM Source Key: 958

Image repositories: E-codices

Basis for description: original

St Gall, Switzerland, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 461
(Sicher Liederbuch)


1. Previously assumed to be of Netherlandish or Italian origin, now considered to be in the hand of Fridolin Sicher (1490-1546), organist of Benedictine monastery at Saint Gall (Fallows 1996 and Scarpatetti 2008). Completed in in 1545 as witnessed by Sicher's inscription on p. 1: 'Liber Fridolini Sicherij canonici capituli Zellensis nee non capellani S. Jacobí et organiste in Sancto Gallo 1545'. 2. Presumably came into the possession of the Stiftsbibliothek after Sicher's death in 1546.


16th century, St Gall, Switzerland
brown leather over pasteboard , with clasps
Decoration: blind tooled and stamped with ornamental designs
no edges
Endpapers: none
Only traces of clasps remain