The musical Codex Las Huelgas Reales de Burgos is certainly one of the most important in the history of Spanish music as well as fundamental to the western polyphonic repertoire of Ars Antiqua manuscripts. It consists of 170 folios with modern foliation, early twentieth century, folio ranging from 1 to 124. 169 is repeating itself bound wood 1 cm. thick and covered with skin.
It consists of 19 fascicles (between Quiniones, quaternions, terniones and bifolios) of which the last three have some mismatches so the order of the pages should be different. The initials are blue and red, rarely brown. Anglés distinguished a fundamental hand, he would write from the sheet 1 to 152, except 8, and some later, and eleven for the rest of the pages.
The music is presented in both score and separate parts. When music is in score are six lines per folio; however when in separate parts may appear 7, 8 or up to nine lines for sheet music. The notation, Franconian, is far from being completely united and has specific abnormalities only in this manuscript, as some bonds in tenors of motets or own distribution of voices, which may be attributable either to a lack of familiarity with the Franco of Cologne theory or a special Spanish tradition. Its content is always liturgical and covers almost all musical forms of the time.
Anglés this manuscript dated around 1325, ie after most of the repertoire contains. Other researchers (Dittmer, MGG), however, consider it 1300 in its fundamental part, and the latest additions to 1325.
Special facsimile edition of 2002. Formato 20 x 27 cm, hand sewn, bound in brown leather embossed goat dry on both sides. Bronze fittings with motifs inspired by the original. 344 pages.
Book up study illustrated hardcover cloth, 23.5 x 32 cm format. 216 pages, text in Spanish. Also study English book (see availability).
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