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The Bayeux Manuscript
ed. Theodor Dumitrescu

Long recognized as a crucial source for understanding polyphonic French song in the decades around 1500, the "Bayeux Manuscript" (ParisBNF 9346, created for a Charles de Bourbon) preserves over 100 chansons in monophonic but rhythmic versions. Often pastoral, topical, or seemingly "popular" in tone, the songs of this book reflect new fashions which overtook and supplanted the melancholy courtly love lyric of the 15th-century Burgundian chanson. These melodies served repeatedly as the musical basis for multi-voice reworkings by the major composers of the day, in varied versions which illuminate the intersection of written composition and orality. The encoding of this source material in a digital version will supply a fundamental musical finding aid for future research and analysis.


Contents

Compositions
Sources
Introduction

Edited Compositions

No. Title Composer
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Sources

No. Abbrev. Full Siglum
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Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS Français 9346 ("Bayeux Manuscript")


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