The Lucca Choirbook

Lucca, Archivio di Stato, MS 238; Lucca, Archivio Arcivescovile, MS 97; Pisa, Archivio Arcivescovile, Bibliotheca Maffi, Cartella 1 1/III

With and Introduction and Inventory by Reinhard Strohm.

Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music in Facsimiles, 2.

Chicago, 2008. 26 x 36 cm, 208 pp. 
ISBN 9780226496399  $290
The Lucca Choirbook 

The Lucca Choirbook, cover

        More than forty years ago in the state archives of Lucca, Italy, Reinhard Strohm noticed that bindings on some of the books consisted of the pages of a centuries-old music manuscript. In the following years, Strohm worked with the archivists to remove these leaves and reassemble as much as possible of the original manuscript, a major cultural recovery now known as The Lucca Choirbook. The recovered volume comprises what remains of a gigantic cathedral codex commissioned in Bruges around 1463 and containing English, Franco-Flemish, and Italian sacred music of the 15th century—including works by Dufay and Isaac. This facsimile of the choirbook includes all the known leaves, ordered according to their proper placement in the original codex. In the introduction, Strohm tells the fascinating story of this choirbook, identifying its early users and reconstructing its travel from Bruges to Lucca. Linen.

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