early 16th-c. Flemish songbook

Florence, Biblioteca del Conservatorio, Ms. 2439
 “Basevi Codex”

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Basevi Codex,  
page with the patron's coat of arms with Nino le Petit's "Mon seul plasier"
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Facsimile Series, I/A.7. Peer, 1991. 24 x 17 cm, viii, 212 pp. Halftone (black & white), plus 4 pages presenting the coats of arms of the patron family in full color. Important anthology of 87 secular works in mensural notation and choirbook format, copied between 1506 and 1514 in the Flemish scriptoria of Brussels and Mechelen used by the Hapsburg-Burgundian Court. Besides 56 French pieces, there are 8 motet-chansons, 3 mass fragments, 9 motets and 7 Flemish works. Composers include Agricola, La Rue, Ghiselin, Obrecht, & Prioris, for the most part in clear groupings by composer or compositional type. The influence of Petrucci’s printing (especially the Odhecator of 1501) is revealed in the oblong format and the worldly contents. The name Basevi comes from the manuscripts’ last private owner, the 19th-c. music critic Abraham Basevi. Hardbound in green linen. $67

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