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Title:A chansonnier from Lyons: The manuscript Vienna, Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Mus.Hs. 1811. (Volumes I and II)
Author(s):Call, Jerry Max
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kellman, Herbert
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:The manuscript Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung, Mus.Hs. 18811 consists of four paper partbooks in oblong quarto format, containing 81 French chansons for four voices by composers active during the reigns of Francis I and Henry II. Seven pieces are chansons spirituelles; the remaining works have secular texts.
All pieces are transmitted anonymously in the source, but composer attributions have been located in concordant sources for all but two pieces, one of which is apparently unique to the Vienna manuscript.
The partbooks contain no colophon indicating when, where, or by whom they were copied, nor are there any inscriptions indicating original or later ownership. However, based on repertorial, paleographical, and other evidence, the author suggests that the manuscript was copied ca. 1560 in Lyons, and that it may have been acquired shortly thereafter by Georg Fugger II (1518-69), member of a prominent family of Augsburg bankers and financiers. Georg's personal library was inherited by several generations of his descendants. In 1655, the Fugger collection was purchased by Emperor Ferdinand III and placed in the imperial library in Vienna, predecessor of the present Nationalbibliothek.
All known concordant sources for the repertory in the Vienna manuscript are listed. Mainly through variant analysis, an attempt was made to identify, for each chanson, the most closely related concordant source(s); some of the latter may have served as exemplars for the compiler of the Vienna manuscript. Possible exemplars include prints by Pierre Attaingnant, Jacques Moderne, Nicolas du Chemin, and other publishers. Particularly close connections exist with two 1559 chanson anthologies published in Lyons by Robert Granjon.
Bio-bibliographical information on the composers and poets represented in the manuscript is provided. The musical style of the repertory is analyzed, and a modern edition of 54 chansons is included. The subject matter and general themes of the chanson texts are discussed, and an English translation is provided for each text.
Issue Date:1992
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Call, Jerry Max
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9236411
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9236411

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