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Le Codex de Chypre (Torino, Biblioteca Universitaria J.II.9)
Vol. I: Rondeaux et Virelais I
Introductory Texts, Poetic Texts and Critical Notes in French and English

Editors: Cécile Beaupain, Germana Schiassi, Raphaël Picazos

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Editor: Cécile Beaupain, Germana Schiassi, Raphaël Picazos
Publication Date: 2-15-2011
Series: Opus Artis Novae
Pages: pp. 156
Size: 235x315 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
ISMN: 979-0-2153-1898-4
Code: OAN 1


The Codex J.II.9 is a volume of 159 large-framed folios of richly decorated parchment. It is composed of 302 pieces, polyphonic for the most part, belonging to very different types in both the sacred and secular fields. The present volume offers diplomatic transcriptions of the first 30 virelais and rondeaus of the last booklet of J.II.9. Although the exact date of the compilation of the pieces in this codex is not known, we do know that it was probably part of the dowry provided by Anne de Lusignan for her marriage to Louis de Savoie in 1434. Cyprus was then under french domination and the style of the songs that we find here often evoke the style of the Burgundian songs of the first third of the 15th century.
This manuscript has the particularity of having no attributions or concordances: all the pieces are unicae and anonymous. The musical styles of the songs are varied, alternating pieces of simple construction in the manner of the 3 part Burgundian song of the first third of the 15th century, with examples of the most refined and elaborate types that can exist.

Series Details

Opus Artis Novae
Polyphony in Diplomatic Transcription 1300-1500

This collection permits the understanding and the interpretation of medieval music, and contributes to making it better known while keeping as close as possible to the tools of representation and analysis of the musicians of the Middle-Ages.
The concept of diplomatic transcription, which has been adopted, combines the advantages of global vision provided by polyphony with the advantages of the essential characteristics of ancient notation.
A practical guide leads the reader and musician towards an understanding of medieval theory so as to arrive at an enlightened reading of these scores: this is the aim of this practical collection.

Introductory Texts, Poetic Texts and Critical Notes in French and English


Notes (December 2013)
This diplomatic transcription of rondeaux and virelais in TuB represents an auspicious beginning for a series sure to be of interest to all performers of medieval repertory. It will also be a welcome addition to any library supporting the study of early music.

The Consort Magazine (Summer 2013)
This handsome volume is the first in a new projected series of publications from the Italian publisher Ut Orpheus, the stated aim of which is to increase access to medieval music from the period 1300-1500 by providing scores transcribed into 'diplomatic' notation ... The transcriptions presented in this edition are very clear indeed and, in my view, singers who are already experienced at singing one-to-a-part a capella music should find that, after a period of adjustment, they can sing fluently from them ... this edition contains much of value, both for performers and for scholars of historical notation systems. (PAUL BRACKEN)

Toccata (60/2012)
... Bei Ut Orpheus liegen die ersten 30 Rondeaux bzw. Virelais des letzten Teils der Handschrift im ersten Band der Reihe „Opus Artis Novae - Polyphonies en transcription diplomatique 1300-1500“ vor. Der Notenteil umfaßt 72 Seiten in diplomatischer d.h. dem Dokument entsprechender Transkription, danach folgen in den Appendixes mehrere Indices. Die Neuausgabe enthält außerdem in englischer und französischer Sprache die Einleitung zu Gründen und Methodologie diplomatischer, d.h. dem Dokument entsprechender Transkription, in die dann noch ausführlicher eingeführt wird, die Gesangstexte samt Übersetzungen, schließlich eine kurze Einführung in die alte Notations- und die diplomatische Transkriptionsmethodik und wird von einer Bibliographie beschlossen ... (Armin Schmid)

Choir and Organ (September-October 2011)
... the note shapes of mensural notation are reproduced (althought ligatures are represented in their unligated equivalents) and the parts are laid out in vertically aligned score ... If it encourages novices to grapple with the conventions of late-medieval notation, then much will have been achieved ... there are full texts and translations, an introduction, critical commentary, and a handy guide to mensural notation ... (Jeremy Summerly)

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