Laudario di Cortona
Laudario di Cortona
In 1876 it was found, in a pitiful state, by the librarian of the Municipal Library and the Etruscan Academy of Cortona, Girolamo Mancini, who added it to the Cortona library, where it is currently preserved. The Laudarium of Cortona and Laudario Magliabechiano 18 ( Florence , Central National Library, Magliabechiano II I 122, Banco Rari 18) are the only manuscripts of Italian laude with musical notation that came to us. Some songs are in both manuscripts. Other pieces of the Laudario di Cortona are found in other laudars without music (texts only), such as Laudario Magliabechiano 19 (Florence, Central National Library, Magliabechiano II I 212, Banco Rari 19), Laudario di Arezzo ( Arezzo , Municipal Library 180 of the Fraternity of the Laity), Laudario of Milan ( Milan , Biblioteca Trivulziana 535) and other scattered fragments. The Laudario di Cortona precedes Laudaario Magliabechiano 18 and is the oldest known collection of Italian music in the vulgar language and the only one of the thirteenth century. The manuscript consists of 171 parchment sheets and is free of thumbnails. The text is written in Gothic characters and the music in square notation . It is made up of two parts: the first goes from sheet 1 to 122 and its dimensions are 22.6 x 17.2 cm.
The second one is back, with a smaller size of 21.5 x 17.3 cm, and goes from sheet 133 to sheet 171. Between the two sides, a lateral note (sheets 123 to 132) was inserted later. The manuscript contains 66 laude, of which only 44 of the first part are with music. In the note inserted behind there are two other laude with musical notation. In total, therefore, the manuscript contains 46 music tracks.
The first 16 laude are Marian, while the rest follow roughly the liturgical calendar. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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