The wonders of Gallica: some troubadour and trouvère sources

The online resource Gallica is adding stuff all the time — it’s hard to keep up. This post is about their coverage of some of the main medieval monophonic song books.[NB: now updated to include sources outside Gallica!]

I’m teaching medieval monophonic song to undergraduates at the moment  and I always ask them to critique modern editions in the light of the complex source situation, especially for the troubadour and trouvère repertoire. They report finding Gallica quite hard to navigate, so I’ve designed this blogpost for them so that they can at least be directed to some of the troubadour and trouvère sources.

I found information and updates on Gallica’s holdings from various posts on Dominique Gatté’s social network site for medieval musicology. It’s really worth joining — despite its URL, it’s not just for chant! They send a lot of emails, but you can opt to have them aggregated into a daily digest (recommended).

The links below are to a few of the troubadour and trouvère chansonniers with melodies (and without) that are on Gallica (as well as some from other libraries; manuscripts of vernacular song repertoires from other linguistic traditions, can be found via a recent blogpage on Gatté’s site; for German repertoire, see my post here).

NB: The sigla are particular to troubadour OR trouvère sources; so troubadour C is not the same as trouvère C; and some single physical sources do double duty, so trouvère M is troubadour W!

Trouvère sigla

Trouvère F (GB-Lbl Egerton 274; also =motet manuscript LoB). Inventory and selected images.

Trouvère H (I-MOe R 4, 4). Editions of text and images can be accessed using this index.

Trouvère K (F-Pa 5198; the “Arsenal chansonnier”)

Trouvère L (F-Pn fr. 765)

Trouvère M “du roi” (F-Pn fr. 844 = troubadour W; also known as motet MS R).  DIAMM description.

Trouvère N (F-Pn fr. 845)

Trouvère O “Cangé” (F-Pn fr. 846) (18thC copy of this source in F-Pn fr. 12610)

Trouvère P (F-Pn fr. 847) [Update 30/09/13: this colour surrogate seems to have been removed; I'm keeping the link here in case it resurrects; meanwhile, there's a black-and-white microfilm here.]

Trouvère Q (F-Pn fr.1109)

Trouvère R (F-Pn fr.1591)

Trouvère S (F-Pn fr. 12581) [no musical notation]

Trouvère T “Noailles” (F-Pn fr. 12615; also known as motet MS N)

Trouvère U “Saint-Germain-des-Prés” (F-Pn fr. 20050; = Troubadour X)

Trouvère V (F-Pn fr. 24406)

Trouvère W (F-Pn fr. 25566); Adam de la Halle manuscript; DIAMM description

Trouvère X “Clairambault” (F-Pn n. a. fr. 1050)

Trouvère i (F-Pn fr.12483).

Trouvère j (F-Pn n.a.fr. 21667). Facsimile of first folio.

Trouvère k (F-Pn fr. 12786) [no musical notation, but space for staves]

Trouvère l (F-Pn fr. 22495) [only two songs and no musical notation]

Trouvère n (F-Pn lat.11724) [one song and no musical notation]

Troubadour sigla

Troubadour B (F-Pn fr.1592) [no musical notation]

Troubadour C (F-Pn fr.856) [no musical notation]

Troubadour K (F-Pn fr.12473) [no musical notation]

Troubadour M (F-Pn 12474) [no musical notation]

Troubadour N (US-NYpm 819) [no musical notation]: some illuminations available here.

Troubadour P (I-Fl Plut 41.42) [no musical notation] NB: Requires Java plugin

Troubadour R (F-Pn fr.22543)

Troubadour U (I-Fl Plut 41.43) [no musical notation] NB: Requires Java plugin

Troubadour V (F-Pn fr. 1553) [no musical notation]

Troubadour W (F-Pn fr.844 = trouvère M”du roi”)

Troubadour X (F-Pn fr. 20050; = trouvère U “Saint-Germain-des-Prés”)

Troubadour Z (E-Bbc 146) [no musical notation]

For a more complete list, see this pdf of a now defunct page by Rob Wegman, kindly supplied by Justin Eiler here.

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4 thoughts on “The wonders of Gallica: some troubadour and trouvère sources

  1. Unfortunately, it seems that Rob Wegman’s page has been moved or removed from the website. I do have that information stored, and can forward it to you if you like.

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