Reopening Gaffurius’s Libroni

Agnese Pavanello (Hg.)

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    Sonderbände der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
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    Studi e Saggi Nr. 40
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The four Milanese Libroni, prepared during Franchinus Gaffurius’s tenure as chapel master at the Duomo, rank among the most important manuscripts of sacred polyphony at the turn of the fifteenth century. Their interest, notably as the only extant sources of Milan’s flourishing musical scene under the Sforzas, has been widely recognized. In spite, however, of the attention raised in the musicological community by Jeppesen’s brief essay of 1931 and by the facsimiles published in the 1960s and 1980s, the manuscripts have never been thoroughly studied. The present book discloses the results of an interdisciplinary investigation conducted within the Polifonia Sforzesca Research Project (funded by the SNF at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in 2018–2020), in conjunction with the full digitization of the sources. Combining archival evidence (Filippi) with palaeographic and codicological data (Pantarotto, Filippi) and with a mapping of the contained repertoire (Cassia, Pavanello), the volume provides fresh elements regarding the making and the dating of the Libroni, clarifies Gaffurius’s role as the mastermind of the operation, and better situates the manuscripts in the contemporary landscape of copying, collecting, and circulating polyphonic music.


Renaissance Polyphony, Franchinus Gaffurius, The Milanese Libroni of the Duomo Archive: archival, paleographical, repertorial research


Agnese Pavanello

The Making and the Dating of the Gaffurius Codices: Archival Evidence and Research Perspectives
Daniele V. Filippi

‘Scripsi et notavi’: Scribes, Notators, and Calligraphers in the Workshop of the Gaffurius Codices
Martina Pantarotto  

Gaffurius’s Paratexts: Notes on the Indexes of Libroni 1–3
Daniele V. Filippi  

Gaffurius at the Mirror: The Internal Concordances of the Libroni
Cristina Cassia  

The Non-Milanese Repertory of the Libroni: A Potential Guide for Tracking Musical Exchanges
Agnese Pavanello