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Treatise On Discant, In John Wylde's Musical Compilation

Treatise On Discant, In John Wylde's Musical Compilation

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1440

Shelfmark: Lansdowne MS 763

Item number: f.105v

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). Among the Latin treatises is one in Middle English by Leonel Power on discant, which begins (spelling modernised): 'This treatise is contrived upon the Gamme for them that will be singers or makers or teachers. For the first thing of all they must know how many chords of discant there be . . .'.

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