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Basevi Codex. Florence, Biblioteca del Conservatorio, Ms. 2439

Basevi Codex. Florence, Biblioteca del Conservatorio, Ms. 2439

The Basevi Codex was copied between 1506 and 1514 in the Flemish scriptoria of Brussels and Mechelen. The name Basevi is borrowed from the last private owner, the nineteenth-century music critic Abraham Basevi. Already in 1882, the renowned musicologist de Burbure made a study of this remarkable source. The influence of Petrucci’s printing is revealed in the oblong format and the worldly contents. There is a pronounced French accent: the codex contains 56 French secular pieces, 8 motet-chansons, 3 mass fragments, 9 motets, as well as 1 Latin, 1 Italian and 7 Flemish secular works, 1 instrumental and 1 textless piece. Among the composers are Agricola, La Rue, Ghiselin, Obrecht, Prioris, et al.


Introduction: H. Meconi 

Peer, 1990, VIII + 212 pp.
ISBN 90 6853 049 6

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