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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 410: Walter of Oddington OSB, De speculatione musicae. Johannes de Muris, Libellus cantus mensurabilis (recensio minor). A Short Treatise on the Rule of Discant.

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Title:
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 410: Walter of Oddington OSB, De speculatione musicae. Johannes de Muris, Libellus cantus mensurabilis (recensio minor). A Short Treatise on the Rule of Discant.
Alternate Title:
Musica
Language:
Latin and English, Middle (1100-1500)
Extent:
ff. 36 + 15
Approximate Date:
[ca. 1400 - 1499]
Collection:
Parker Manuscripts
Description:
CCCC MS 410 provides the only complete copy of Walter of Oddington OSB's (fl. 1298-1316) De speculatione musicae, an encyclopaedic consideration of music theory written in the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century. This manuscript is a compendium consisting of a c. 1425 volume containing Oddington's work, and a later fifteenth-century paper volume containing a treatise on mensural music by the French theorist Iohannes de Muris (c. 1290-c. 1344), and an anonymous English treatise on descant. It serves as a remarkable witness to the diversity of both practical and theoretical treatises available to late-medieval English writers.