Some sources of ars antiqua motets!
As with my earlier blogpost aggregating sources for vernacular song, this page is mainly designed as a handy short-cut, this time for first-year students at Oxford, taking my course on the thirteenth-century motet and wanting to have a look at some of the main original sources for the thirteenth-century motet. I’ve posted it as an open post in case it’s of use to students at other institutions, or to anyone interested in looking at beautiful motet manuscripts!
Students frequently ask me how to find the right place in the online digital surrogate for the particular motet they are looking for. The easiest way is to work from a modern edition, which will list the folio number and whose notes will often give a list of other sources that the motet is in (concordances) with the folio numbers in those cases too. A complete list is available in Ludwig’s Repertorium, but that’s not in every library. The first three listed here (together with the Madrid source, which I haven’t yet listed), are also indexed in Bryan Gillingham’s Indices to the Notre-Dame Facsimiles (Ottawa, 1994). Dates given are for supposed compilation of the sources, not the composition of the music contained in them, which is often much earlier.
Mo Montpellier, Bibliothèque Inter-Universitaire, Section Médecine, H196. (Late 13thC, Paris). MS description via DIAMM. Fascicle 8 is poorly indexed on the Montpellier site, so if you’re after an image from that, try the links and listing on Karen Desmond’s research blog. If you have a DIAMM account (free to register!), you can access better images there.
MuA Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Mus.ms.4775 (gallo-rom.42), and fragments once in the private library of Johannes Wolf, Berlin. (Mid-13thC, but earlier than W2, probably Paris). MS description via DIAMM.
Da Darmstadt, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, 3471 (‘Die Wimpfener Fragmente‘). (Beginning of 14thC, France).
R “Chansonnier du Roi”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 844 (this is troubadour MS W and also trouvère MS M).
N “Noailles”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France fr. 12615 (this is trouvère MS T).
A more complete list can be found on Dominique Gatté’s site, but you’ll need to register to view it (registration is, however, free!).