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From Italy (Lombardy); ca. 1430-1439. See a detailed description. Miniatures appear on folios 9v (see above), and 114v. illuminated initials on 9v, 11r, 13v, 17v, 30r, 34v, 45r, 51r, 57v, 63v, 68r, 72v, 114v, 120v. Index on inside back cover. Beinecke MS 1184
This sumptuous, tiny manuscript on fine parchment was written probably at the Aragonese court in Naples in the 1470's, perhaps as a wedding gift for Beatrice of Aragon, who married Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, in 1476. It preserves a 15th-century French repertory of 57 chansons by sixteen composers, including most notably Antoine Busnois (Busnoys), Johannes Ockeghem, Guillaume Dufay, and Gilles Joye (ca. 1424-1483). It was compiled under the supervision of the most learned musical theorist of his age, Johannes Tinctoris, who also composed two motets in the manuscript. The manuscript is named for its last private owner, Paul Mellon, who presented it to Yale in 1940.
Beinecke MS 91