Cittern MS Rothschild I, 411 (OVID)

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Manuscript originally from the James de/von Rothschild collection, current whereabouts unknown. The original MS appears to have songs, tablature for 4 course diatonic cittern, and lyric poetry and songs without music (the copy I have contains only the tablature portions). Among the cittern pieces, the majority are dance types with a few texted pieces (presumably meant to be sung) and a few (untexted) chansons. The MS also contains two works which could be played as duets on citterns a 5th apart, and a third piece (bassus) which may have been intended to be a duet as well, though no accompanying part survives.

Many of the pages include incipits of Latin phrases. These have not been included in the notes below. "Picot #" refers to the cataloguing originally done by E. Picot in Catalogue des livres composant la bibliotheque de feu M. le baron James de Rothschild, Paris, 1884(?) or 1912(?).


Piece # Picot # Title Notes
1 10 Allemande Damour [i.e. d'amour] Half of a duet? Treble to piece #4.
2 11 Allemande de Bourgoingne Le feu le traict le Brandon de ce petit cupidon  

3a

3b

12

Allemande du prince

Reprinse / Espoir cõtexte :-

Picot #59, text without music, contains words that may go with this piece. According to the notes I received with the copy, the rubric(?) reads "Chanson nouvelle. Allemande du prince de Parme ". The opening line of the text is listed as "Helas, helas! madame".
4 13 Allem[ande] Damour
Bassus
Half of a duet? Bassus to piece #1. (Cittern a 5th below standard tuning.)
5 14 Allemande fortune helas pour quoy Picot #52, text without music, contains words that probably go with this piece. According to the notes I received with the copy, the rubric(?) reads "Chanson nouvelle, envoyee par un amant a sa dame: sur la voyx: Fortune helas pourquoy, 1582". The opening line of the text is listed as "Cupidon, par ton dart".
6 15 Allemande Du prince De parme  
7 16 Allemande de la Torche  
8 17 Allemande la huguenotte  
9 18 Allemande Quand ie ptys [je partys] de Lille  
10 19 Allemande les soldatz de Guyse / Styme(?) qui [Taunie?]  

11a

11b

20

Allemande de Estudiantz

Reprinse

 
12 21 Allemande de Deux Dames Not the same as the piece by the same title found in Phalese, etc.
13 22 Allemande fort une Infortunee  
14 23 Allemande de fleur  
15 24 Allemande  
16 25 Allemande :- no seroit on dire Le mal et martire  
17 [omitted] Era di magio  
18 26 Allemande D'anvers  
19 27 Allemande heureux celluy Qiu [i.e. qui] pour passer Piece contains fully underlaid French text (to be sung?)
20 28 Allemande De lorayne  
21 29 Gaillarde [Belle qui me va martirant]

Piece contains fully over- and underlaid French text (to be sung?).

Picot #60, text without music, may also contain words that go with this piece. According to the notes I received with the copy, the rubric(?) reads "Complainte d'ung amant a s'amye ". The opening line of the text is listed as "Belle, qui me va martirant ".

22 30 Passemezo Folye  
23 31 Gaillarde cara cossa  
24 32 passemezo De france  
25 33 Gaillarde [Torcys?] Includes test at the bottom of the page (meant to be sung?) beginning "Si Lamour est de telle qualitié"
26 34 Gaillarde O Cupido  
27 35 Gaillarde Dytalie  
28 36 Gaillarde Dytalie  
29 37 Gaillarde Qui passe Half of a duet? Treble to piece #30.
30 [omitted] Qui passe Bassus Half of a duet? Bassus to piece #29. (Cittern a 5th below standard tuning.)
31 38 Gaillarde Romanesque  
32 39 Chanson Bon iour mon ♥ [i.e. Bon jour mon coeur]

(Heart simbol is used in the original title, though open, not filled.)

A texted(?) version of this piece in G clef appears in the MS. See Picot #8.

33 40 Chanson nouvelle  
34 41 Chansõ Madonna mia pieta  
35 42 Gaillarde Despaigne  
36 47 Bassus Vous avez logez Half of a duet? Bassus part.
37 48 Branle de Champaigne  

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