St. Emmeram Codex

St. Emmeram Codex

Vienna (Austria), Regensburg and Leipzig (Germany) — 15th century

St. Emmeram Codex

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St. Emmeram Codex

The Codex St. Emmeram, named after its longtime repository, the Benedictine monastery of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, is one of the most important sources for polyphonic music. It was originally commissioned by the Emmeram school rector Magister Conrad Hermann Poetzlinger, who bequeathed it to the monastery along with the rest of his personal library upon his death in 1469. It contains a collection of both sacred and secular music from between 1370 and 1450 and there is evidence that at least 16 scribes added to the manuscript. The 276 songs in the manuscript are mainly of German, Italian, French and English origin and include works by Guillaume Du Fay, Gilles Binchois, Johannes Roullet, and John Dunstable. They were composed with mensural notation, which was used for polyphonic music beginning in the 13th century and had different note shapes to denote rhythmic durations that stood in well-defined, hierarchical numerical relations to each other.


Alternative Titles
Mensuralcodex von St. Emmeram
15th century
Previous Owners
Hermann Poetzlinger

Available facsimile editions:
Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 2006
Facsimile Editions

#1 Der Mensuralcodex St. Emmeram

Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 2006

Publisher: Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 2006
Commentary: 1 volume by Ian Rumbold, Peter Wright, Martin Staehelin and Lorenz Welker
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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