Jena Choirbooks

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General Information

The Jena Choirbooks are a collection of sacred polyphonic music collected in the early 16th century, roughly 1500-1520. The eighteen volumes are referred to by their self numbers beginning with "D-Ju MS" and numbered as follows: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36. This collection contains a large number of anonymous pieces (especially books 30-36), but also features music by composers such as Pierre de la Rue, Mathieu Gascongne, Noel Bauldeweyn, Matthaeus Pipelare, Jean Mouton, Josquin Desprez, Antoine de Févin, Loyset Compere, Mathurin Forestier, Antonius Divitis, Robert de Févin, Johannes Prioris, Nicolas Champion, Robert Fayrfax, Remiger, Heinrich Finck, Gaspar van Weerbecke, Alexander Agricola, Johannes Ghiselin (Verbonnet), Heinrich Isaac, Jacob Obrecht, Jacobus Barbireau, Magister Phillotus Andrea, Guillaume Dufay, Nicolas Merques, Thomas Stoltzer, Costanzo Porta, Marbrianus de Orto, Antoine Brumel, Johannes Ockeghem, Johannes Martini, and Adam Rener.

List of Manuscripts

  • D-Ju MSS 2-12, 21, 22, 31, 32 contain polyphonic settings of the Mass Ordinary.
  • D-Ju MS 20 (ca. 1515) contains Magnificat settings.
  • D-Ju MS 30 contains various Mass Proper settings
  • D-Ju MS 33 contains music for feasts of the Virgin Mary as well as feasts for the Communion of the Saints including a mixture of anonymous Mass Propers as well as some by Heinrich Isaac and Adam Rener, an anonymous Missa de Beata Virgine as well as one by Adam Rener.
  • D-Ju MS 34 contains exclusively anonymous Mass Propers.
  • D-Ju MS 35 contains anonymous Mass propers as well as a some by Adam Rener. It also contains a few isolated Mass Ordinary sections.
  • D-Ju MS 36 contains various Mass Ordinary settings and sections by Heinrich Isaac, Adam Rener, Joaquin Despres, and Jean Mouton.

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