Manus 6:  Bonaventura, da Brescia.  Breviloquium Musicale. Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Item 6
Level of Description


  • c. 1450 (Creation)


  • Scope and Contents

    Language: Latin.

    Date: c. 1450.

    Title: Breviloquium Musicale.

    Creator: Bonaventura, da Brescia ; Unknown.

    Place of creation: Unknown.

    Physical description: Vellum, 32 leaves ; 18 x 13 cm.

    Summary: Manuscript treatise on music theory by the Italian Franciscan friar Bonaventura da Brescia, also known as Anterus Maria de San Bonaventura. The treatise deals with the principles of performing both notated music of the time and Gregorian Chant, and represents a shortened version of the Brevis collection artis musicae. This version was printed by Angelo Britannico in Brescia, in July 1497, and appears to have been very popular, as it went through a number of editions. No effort has yet been made to compare this manuscript version with the printed text.

    Note: Written in several hands ; majority of the text (ff. 1-28) written in a single hand in dark brown ink in two columns ; writing block 123 x 85 mm ; rubricated in light brown ink ; initials and chapter headings in red. Folios 29-32 written in what appear to be seven distinct hands ; musical notation in red and black on f. 30 v.-31 v. ; dime-sized hole to f. 29, affecting text. Bound in original full undecorated red pig vellum over wooden boards ; vellum missing from most of spine and a large portion of the rear cover. Three gatherings, of 12, 12, and 8 leaves, respectively ; f. 30 r. blank. Vellum endpapers ; large indentation in wood of the inside of the front cover. Gift of Philip Neufeld, n.d.

    Former Call #: Ms. 6

    Call #: Manus 6