Codex Turin J.II.9

Codex Turin J.II.9 Facsimile Edition

Court of King Janus, Northern Italy (Brescia?) or Cyprus — Early 15th century

Gregorian chorals, polyphonic chants, motets, and polyphonic repertoire: a great song book from early-15th century Savoy

  1. Plainchant, polyphonic mass movements, motets, and polyphonic chansons are all found in this splendid songbook

  2. It is the sole source dateable to the early-15th century that is devoted exclusively to French music

  3. Music from the court of King Janus of Cyprus (1375–1432) and Charlotte de Bourbon (1388–1422) is also included

Codex Turin J.II.9

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Description
Codex Turin J.II.9

Europe was undergoing a musical revolution in the Late Middle Ages, particularly in France and the Burgundian Low Countries. Nonetheless, this is the sole manuscript from the period dedicated purely to French music, as well as the largest of the period. This large tome is a priceless source for the history of European music.

Codex Turin J.II.9

This collection of plainchant, polyphonic mass movements, motets, and polyphonic chansons represents the sole source dateable to the early–15th century that is devoted exclusively to French music. The codex is also the largest corpus of French music from the period and contains music from the court of King Janus of Cyprus (1375–1432), who also titular King of Armenian Cilicia and Jerusalem from 1398–1432, and his second wife Charlotte de Bourbon (1388–1422). The manuscript also contains one of the oldest masses of a cantus firmus composed outside the British Isles, which was presumably copied in the area of Savoy. As such, these 334 compositions are of fundamental importance for the study of early–15th century music.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Codice J.II.9
Codex J.II.9
MS J.II.9 “Cypriot-French”
Size / Format
318 pages / 37.5 × 27.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
Early 15th century
Style
Script
Gothic Textura Gothic cursive
Illustrations
1 miniature of St. Hylarion (fol. 1); floral and ornamental border decorations; blue and red initials on gold; fleuronné initials
Content
Polyphony
Patron
Bagarotti family (?)
Charlotte of Bourbon (?)
Previous Owners
Anne de Lusignan (?)

Available facsimile editions:
Codex Turin J.II.9  – cod. J.II.9 – Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino (Turin, Italy) Facsimile Edition
Libreria Musicale Italiana – Lucca, 1999
Facsimile Editions

#1 Il Codice J.II.9

Publisher: Libreria Musicale Italiana – Lucca, 1999
Commentary: 1 volume by Isabella Data and Karl Kügle
Languages: English, Italian
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The pages are presented on a larger white background. The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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