PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Bologna, Italy, Biblioteca Universitaria, MS 2573 (2231)

Manuscript type: music treatise(s) containing polyphony

RISM siglum: I-Bu 2573

DIAMM Source Key: 240

Basis for description: high-quality image

Bologna, Italy, Biblioteca Universitaria, MS 2573 (2231)


'The function and destination of the manuscript is still problematical, but the presence of Tinctoris's motet Virgo dei throno digna at the head of the codex may suggest a connection with Beatrice, perhaps a gift to celebrate or anticipate her eventual return to Naples from Hungary in 1500. It passed subsequently into the monastery of San Salvatore in Bologna, whence it was confiscated in 1796 by the French revolutionary armies in the course of their Italian campaign. This seizure resulted in the deposit of the manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, until its return on 28 October 1815 to Bologna, this time to the Biblioteca Universitaria, its present home.' (Ronald Woodley, 'Principal manuscript sources: a brief sketch', in


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Decoration: tooled and stamped
Original (?) covers of tooled leather.