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Decorated Initial With Partial Borders, In John Wylde's Musical Compilation

Decorated Initial With Partial Borders, In John Wylde's Musical Compilation

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1440

Shelfmark: Lansdowne MS 763

Item number: f.3r

Length: 23.2

Width: 16.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This volume contains a collection of miscellaneous musical treatises, compiled probably in the second quarter of the 15th century by John Wylde, who seems to have been the choirmaster at the Abbey of Holy Cross, Waltham, a few miles due north of London, between Enfield and Epping. He wrote it himself, and gave it to the Abbey. It was later owned by his more famous successor, Thomas Tallis (d.1585). The volume opens with a text in Latin attributed in the rubric to the monk Guido (Guy), but later scholars have deduced that the text may in fact be Wylde's work, based indirectly on that of a famous 12th-century musical writer, Guy of Arezzo.

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