BOLOGNA Q15: The Making and Remaking of a Musical Manuscript. (Two volumes)
Lucca, Italy: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2008.
First edition thus. Hardcover. Libreria Musicale Italiana Near Fine / near fine. Item #12541
Quarto.Two volumes. Continuous pagination, xxviii, 1074pp. First volume is an introductory study,(text in English); the second volume is a facsimile of the original 15th century manuscript. (in color). "The manuscript Bologna Q15 is one of the most important and often-discussed manuscripts of Medieval and Renaissance music. Yet in the same way that in the context of the larger musical world we can still call Haydn an underappreciated composer, within the larger musicological community, Bologna Q15 remains an undervalued source. Its pages chronicle nearly all the important developments in sacred (and occasionally secular) music of the early Renaissance, from the decline of Ars Nova styles to the rise of the integrated Mass cycle, from the emergence of English composers to the revitalization of the motet and hymn. It is the unique source for numerous works, including many early-fifteenth-century Italian motets and Mass movements. Clearly, this is a source that deserves and rewards close study. Yet while many less important sources have appeared in facsimile, access to Q15 up to now has remained limited."- Project Muse. Lacking slipcase. Very heavy set, overseas shipping not recommended.