Texts on Music in English from the Medieval and Early Modern Eras
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15TH-CENTURY FILES

Fn and Ft: COURSAP1 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: Court of Sapience (excerpt)
Source: E. Ruth Harvey, ed., The Court of Sapience (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984), 68-71. Used by permission of the University of Toronto Press.
Ed. from: William Caxton's printed edition (Westminster, ca. 1480-1483) [STC 17015].
Incipit: A lyte besyde within a place of blys / Dame Musyk sat, and with her ladyes thre:

Fn and Ft: ITESTO1 MLBL2145
Author: Anonymous
Title: It es to wyte
Source: London, British Library, Additional 21455, f. 9r.
Incipit: It es to wyte that ther are. iij degres of discant

Fn and Ft: ITESTO2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: It is to wyte
Source: Manfred Bukofzer, Geschichte des englischen Diskants und des Fauxbourdons nach den theoretischen Quellen, Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, Band 21 (Strassbourg: Heitz, 1936), 137-38.
Ed. from: London, British Library, Additional 21455, f. 9r.
Incipit: It is to wyte that ther are 3 degres of discant

Fn and Ft: ITESTO3 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: It es to wyte
Source: Thrasybulos Georgiades, Englische Diskanttraktate aus der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts: Untersuchungen zur Entwicklung der Mehrstimmigkeit im Mittelalter, Schriftenreihe des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität München, Band 3 (Selbstverlag und Auslieferung: Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität München, 1937), 27-28.
Ed. from: London, British Library, Additional 21455, f. 9r.
Incipit: It es to wyte that ther are III degres of discant

Fn and Ft: LANTLIT TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: The Lantern of Light (excerpt)
Source: Lilian M. Swinburn, ed., The Lanterne of Lizt, edited from Ms. Harl. 2324, Early English Text Society, orig. ser. 151 (London: Oxford University Press, 1917), 57-59. By permission of Oxford University Press.
Ed. from: London, British Library, Harley 2324, ff. 54v-56v.
Incipit: Syngars ben in Cristis chirche; that syngen heuenli songis/ and with her swet melodie

Fn and Ft: HEREFOL1 MLBLL763
Author: Anonymous
Title: A little treatise on discant
Source: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 113v-116v.
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Incipit: Here folwith. a litil tretise acording to the ferst tretise

Fn and Ft: HEREFOL2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: A little treatise on discant
Source: Sanford B. Meech, "Three Musical Treatises in English From a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript," Speculum 10 (1935): 235-69 at 258-65. Used by permission.
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Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 113v-116v.
Incipit: Here folwith a litil tretise a-cording to the ferst tretise

Fn and Ft: HEREFOL3 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: A little treatise on discant
Source: Manfred Bukofzer, Geschichte des englischen Diskants und des Fauxbourdons nach den theoretischen Quellen, Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, Band 21 (Strassbourg: Heitz, 1936), 146-53.
Graphics: HEREFOL3 01GF
Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 113v-116v.
Incipit: Here folwith a litil tretise acording to the ferst tretise

Fn and Ft: HEREFOL4 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: A little treatise on discant
Source: Thrasybulos Georgiades, Englische Diskanttraktate aus der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts: Untersuchungen zur Entwicklung der Mehrstimmigkeit im Mittelalter, Schriftenreihe des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität München, Band 3 (Selbstverlag und Auslieferung: Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität München, 1937), 23-27.
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Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, 113v-116v.
Incipit: Here folwith a litil tretise acording to the ferst tretise

Fn and Ft: ANONOTE2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: Notes on Discant and Mensuration
Source: Andrew Wathey, "Notes on Discant and Mensuration from Fifteenth-Century Oxford," in Trent'anni di ricerca musicologica: studi in onore di F. Alberto Gallo, ed. Patrizia Dalla Vecchia and Donatella Restani (Rome: Torre d'Orfeo, 1996), 63-72 at 69-71.
Graphics: ANONOTE2 01GF
Ed. from: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Lat. misc. d. 83, ff. 63-64.
Incipit: How many cordys be ther of dyscant? Be ther ix.

Fn and Ft: DEPRPA1A MNYPMB12
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the nature of proportions
Source: New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, B.12, ff. 63-65. Used by permission.
Incipit: For ye schul of your proporciouns the more vndirstondynge haue

Fn and Ft: DEPRPA1B MLBLL763
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the nature of proportions
Source: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 117r-118v.
Incipit: HEre beginneth Tretises diuerse of musical proporcions

Fn and Ft: DEPRPA1C MDTC516
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the nature of proportions
Source: Dublin, Trinity College, 516, f. 129r-v.
Incipit: For ye schall of your proporcions the mor openly knowynge haue

Fn and Ft: DEPRPA2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the nature of proportions
Source: Sanford B. Meech, "Three Musical Treatises in English From a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript," Speculum 10 (1935): 235-69 at 265-66. Used by permission.
Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 117r-118v.
Incipit: Here beginneth tretises diuerse of musical proporcions

Fn and Ft: DEPRPA3 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the nature of proportions
Source: Sir John Hawkins, A General History of the Science and Practice of Music, 2 vols. [1776] (London: Novello, 1853), 1:250-51.
Incipit: Now passid al maner sightis of descant, and with hem wel replesshid

Fn and Ft: DEPRPB1 MLBLL763
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the denominations of proportions
Source: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 118v-120r.
Graphics: DEPRPB1 01GF-DEPRPB1 02GF
Incipit: Here foluyth a. breue tretise of proporcions and of theire denominacions

Fn and Ft: DEPRPB2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the denominations of proportions
Source: Sanford B. Meech, "Three Musical Treatises in English From a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript," Speculum 10 (1935): 235-69 at 266-68. Used by permission.
Graphics: DEPRPB2 01GF-DEPRPB2 02GF
Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 118v-120r.
Incipit: Here foluyth a breue tretise of proporcions and of theire denominacions

Fn and Ft: DEPRPB3 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the denominations of proportions
Source: Sir John Hawkins, A General History of the Science and Practice of Music, 2 vols. [1776] (London: Novello, 1853), 1:251.
Incipit: The proporcion betwene 1 and 1, 2 and 2, 3 and 3, and so in more numbir, is callid

Fn and Ft: DEPRPC1A MNYPMB12
Author: Anonymous ("secundum Chilston")
Title: On the three manners of proportions
Source: New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, B.12, ff. 65r-68v. Used by permission.
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Incipit: But ye schul vndirstande. that as proporcioun is a comparisoun betweyne diuerse quantiteis

Fn and Ft: DEPRPC1B MLBLL763
Author: Anonymous ("secundum Chilston")
Title: On the three manners of proportions
Source: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 120v-122v.
Incipit: Thus ouerpassid the rwlis of Proporcions and of their Denominacions

Fn and Ft: DEPRPC1C MDTC516
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the three manners of proportions
Source: Dublin, Trinity College, 516, ff. 129v-131v
Incipit: betwene the II and the IIIde that is whenn Al proporciouns byn like

Fn and Ft: DEPRPC2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous ("secundum Chilston")
Title: On the three manners of proportions
Source: Sanford B. Meech, "Three Musical Treatises in English From a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript," Speculum 10 (1935): 235-69 at 268-69. Used by permission.
Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 120v-122v.
Incipit: Thus ouerpassid the rwlis of proporcions and of their denominacions

Fn and Ft: DEPRPC3 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: On the three manners of proportions
Source: Sir John Hawkins, A General History of the Science and Practice of Music, 2 vols. [1776] (London: Novello, 1853), 1:251-52.
Incipit: Thus over passid the reulis of proporcions, and of their denominacions

Fn and Ft: CANTROS TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: Rosarium theologie (excerpt)
Source: Bruce W. Holsinger, "The Vision of Music in a Lollard Florilegium: Cantus in the Middle English Rosarium theologie (Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College MS 354/581)," Plainsong and Medieval Music 8, no. 2 (1999): 95-106 at 103-5. Reprinted with the permission of Cambridge University Press.
Ed. from: Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College, 354/581, f. 19r-v.
Incipit: Cantus. Song hathe thre things reprehensibel or reprouabel. The first is wen

Fn and Ft: HEREBEG2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: A short treatise of the rule of discant
Source: Manfred Bukofzer, Geschichte des englischen Diskants und des Fauxbourdons nach den theoretischen Quellen, Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, Band 21 (Strassbourg: Heitz, 1936), 143-46.
Ed. from: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 410/II.
Incipit: Here begynnes a shorte tretys of the reule of discant. It is tho witt

Fn and Ft: HIGPOANO TEXT
Author: Higden, Ranulph
Title: Musical Portions of Ranulph Higden's Polychronicon (1357), in an anonymous 15th-century translation in London, British Library, Harley 2261
Source: Ranulf Higden, Polychronicon Ranulph Higden Monachi Cestrensis: Together with the English Translations of John Trevisa and of an Unknown Writer of the Fifteenth Century, 9 vols., ed. Churchill Babington and Joseph Rawson Lumby, Rerum Britannicarum medii aevi scriptores, vol. 41 (London: Longman, 1869-71), 2:229, 375, 377 and 3:203, 205, 207, 209, 211.
Graphic: HIGPOANO 01GF

Fn and Ft: OPINRC1 MOBB842
Author: Cutell, Richard
Title: Opinio ricardi cutell
Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 842, f. 48r-v.
Incipit: It is to wit that ther are ix acordis in discant that is to say

Fn and Ft: OPINRC2 TEXT
Author: Cutell, Richard
Title: Opinio ricardi cutell
Source: Manfred Bukofzer, Geschichte des englischen Diskants und des Fauxbourdons nach den theoretischen Quellen, Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, Band 21 (Strassbourg: Heitz, 1936), 141-43.
Ed. from: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 842, f. 48r-v.
Incipit: It is to wit that there are 9 acordis in discant, that is to say

Fn and Ft: CAXMIR1 TEXT
Author: Gautier (or Gossouin) de Metz, tr. Caxton
Title: Mirror of the World (excerpt)
Source: Oliver H. Prior, ed., Caxton's Mirrour of the World, Early English Text Society, Extra Series, 110 (London: Richard Clay, 1913; reprint ed., London: Oxford University Press, 1966), 38-40. By permission of Oxford University Press.
Ed. from: William Caxton's first printed edition (Westminster, ca. 1481) [STC 24762].
Graphics: CAXMIR1 01GF
Incipit: The sixthe of the VII sciences is called musyque, the whiche fourmeth hym of Arsmetryque

Fn and Ft: POWERTR1 MLBLL763
Author: Power, Leonel
Title: Treatise upon the Gamme
Source: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 105v-113r.
Graphics: POWERTR1 01GF-POWERTR1 14GF
Incipit: This Tretis is contriuid vpon the Gamme for hem that wil be syngers

Fn and Ft: POWERTR2 TEXT
Author: Power, Leonel
Title: Treatise upon the Gamme
Source: Sanford B. Meech, "Three Musical Treatises in English From a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript," Speculum 10 (1935): 235-69 at 242-58. Used by permission.
Graphics: POWERTR2 01GF-POWERTR2 07GF
Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 105v-113r.
Incipit: This tretis is contriuid vpon the gamme for hem that will be syngers

Fn and Ft: POWERTR3 TEXT
Author: Power, Leonel
Title: Treatise upon the Gamme
Source: Manfred Bukofzer, Geschichte des englischen Diskants und des Fauxbourdons nach den theoretischen Quellen, Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, Band 21 (Strassbourg: Heitz, 1936), 132-136.
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Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 105v-113r.
Incipit: This Tretis is continuid upon the Gamme for hem that wil be singers

Fn and Ft: POWERTR4 TEXT
Author: Power, Leonel
Title: Treatise upon the Gamme
Source: Thrasybulos Georgiades, Englische Diskanttraktate aus der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts: Untersuchungen zur Entwicklung der Mehrstimmigkeit im Mittelalter, Schriftenreihe des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität München, Band 3 (Selbstverlag und Auslieferung: Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität München, 1937), 12-23.
Graphics: POWERTR4 01GF-POWERTR4 07GF
Ed. from: London, British Library, Lansdowne 763, ff. 105v-113r.
Incipit: This tretis is contriuid vpon the Gamme, for hem that wil be syngers

Fn and Ft: SERMANO TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: A Sermon on the Three Estates for the Twentieth Sunday After Trinity
Source: Alan J. Fletcher, "'The Unity of the State exists in the Agreement of its Minds': A Fifteenth-Century Sermon on the Three Estates," Leeds Studies in English, n.s. 22 (1991): 117-22. Published by permission of the copyright holder, Leeds Studies in English.

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