Texts on Music in English from the Medieval and Early Modern Eras
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16TH-CENTURY FILES

Fn and Ft: LECPROV1 MLBLR18
Author: Anonymous
Title: Leconfield Proverbs
Source: London, British Library, Royal 18. D. II, ff. 198r-199v.
Incipit: When the philosophers putagoras and tuball

Fn and Ft: LECPROV2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: Leconfield Proverbs
Source: Francis Grose et al., eds., The Antiquarian Repertory, rev. ed., 4 vols. (London: Edward Jeffery, 1807-1809), 4:405-9.
Incipit: WHEN the philosophers Patagoras and Tuball

Fn and Ft: LECPROV3 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: Leconfield Proverbs
Source: Ewald Flügel, "Kleine Mitteilungen aus Handschriften," Anglia 14 (1892): 463-501 at 477-80.
Incipit: When the philosophers putagoras and tuball

Fn and Ft: LECPROV4 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: Leconfield Proverbs
Source: Philip Wilson, ed., The Musicall Prouerbis in the Garet at the New Lodge in the Parke of Lekingfelde (London: Humphrey Milford at the Oxford University Press, 1924) [no pagination; here assigned 1*-8*]. By permission of Oxford University Press.
Incipit: When the philosophers putagoras and tuball

Fn and Ft: TUCKE MLBLA103
Author: Anonymous
Title: On colors in music
Source: London, British Library, Additional 10366, ff. 97v-98r, 106v.
Incipit: Rede to blacke ys sequealtra, as thus: [Lr,L]. The blake contenyzth

Fn and Ft: TUCKE TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: On colors in music
Source: Ronald Woodley, John Tucke: A Case Study in Early Tudor Music Theory (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), 68, 72, 74 (even pages only). By permission of Oxford University Press.
Ed. from: London, British Library, Additional 10366, ff. 97v-98r, 106v.
Incipit: Rede to blacke ys sequealtra, as thus: [Lr,L]. The blake contenyzth

Fn and Ft: ANOPRAIM TEXT
Author: Anonymous [John Case?]
Title: The Praise of Musicke
Source: Anonymous [John Case?], The Praise of Musicke (Oxford: Joseph Barnes, 1586; reprint ed., Hildesheim: Olms, 1980) [STC 4757].
Incipit: IT were but lost labour to write any thing of Musick, being an Arte of more vse than credit

Fn and Ft: SCOTANO2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: The Scottish Anonymous
Source: Manfred Bukofzer, Geschichte des englischen Diskants und des Fauxbourdons nach den theoretischen Quellen, Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, Band 21 (Strassbourg: Heitz, 1936), 158-60.
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Ed. from: London, British Library, Additional 4911
Incipit: Heir beginnis Faburdun. Quhat is Faburdoun?

Fn and Ft: SCOTA3B1 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: The Scottish Anonymous, Book 1
Source: Judson Dana Maynard, "An anonymous Scottish treatise on music from the sixteenth century, British Museum, Additional Manuscript 4911, edition and commentary," 2 vols. (Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1961), 2:1-132. Used by permission.
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Edited from: London, British Library, Additional 4911, ff. 1-45v.
Incipit: Quhat is mensural music? Music mensurall, as Ornitoparcus, ane doctur

Fn and Ft: SCOTA3B2 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: The Scottish Anonymous, Book 2
Source: Judson Dana Maynard, "An anonymous Scottish treatise on music from the sixteenth century, British Museum, Additional Manuscript 4911, edition and commentary," 2 vols. (Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1961), 2:133-257. Used by permission.
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Edited from: London, British Library, Additional 4911, ff. 46-84v.
Incipit: The secund part of music beand dressit and formalie put in ordour, it is now expedient

Fn and Ft: SCOTA3B3 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: The Scottish Anonymous, Book 3
Source: Judson Dana Maynard, "An anonymous Scottish treatise on music from the sixteenth century, British Museum, Additional Manuscript 4911, edition and commentary," 2 vols. (Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1961), 2:258-332. Used by permission.
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Edited from: London, British Library, Additional 4911, ff. 85-112v.
Incipit: To proceid furth with the proceis musicall of dyverss wayss of modulation

Fn and Ft: SCOTA3B4 TEXT
Author: Anonymous
Title: The Scottish Anonymous, Book 4
Source: Judson Dana Maynard, "An anonymous Scottish treatise on music from the sixteenth century, British Museum, Additional Manuscript 4911, edition and commentary," 2 vols. (Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1961), 2:333-69. Used by permission.
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Edited from: London, British Library, Additional 4911, ff. 113-129.
Incipit: The first tua partis of this present libell beand formaly dressit

Fn and Ft: BATHBISS TEXT
Author: Bathe, William
Title: A Briefe Introduction to the Skill of Song
Source: William Bathe, A Briefe Introduction to the Skill of Song (London: Thomas Este, n.d. [ca. 1596]; reprint ed., with intro. by Bernarr Rainbow, Kilkenny: Boethius Press, 1982) [STC 1589].
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Incipit: IGnorance as Diuines doe testifie, is one of the plagues put vpon man the creature

Fn and Ft: BATHBITA TEXT
Author: Bathe, William
Title: A Brief Introduction to the True Art of Music
Source: William Bathe, A Brief Introduction to the True Art of Music, ed. Cecil Hill, Critical Texts, no. 10 (Colorado Springs: Colorado College Music Press, 1979), 1-23. Used by permission.
Ed. from: Aberdeen University Library, 28 (Andrew Melville's commonplace book)
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Incipit: IT may be that it will seeme absurde, and against order to manye

Fn and Ft: CORNPAR1 MLBLR18
Author: Cornysh, William
Title: A Treatise between Information and Truth
Source: London, British Library, Royal 18. D. II, ff. 163r-164r.
Incipit: In the fleete maade be me William Cornysshe otherwyse called Nysshewhete

Fn and Ft: CORNPAR2 MLBLH43
Author: Cornysh, William
Title: A Treatise between Information and Truth
Source: London, British Library, Harley 43, ff. 88r-91r.
Incipit: The knowlege of god. passythe comparysone

Fn and Ft: CORNPAR3 TEXT
Author: Cornysh, William
Title: A Treatise between Information and Truth
Source: John Skelton, Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable workes of maister Skelton, Poete Laureate. Nowe collected and newly published (London: Thomas Marshe, 1568; reprint ed., Menston, Yorks.: Scolar Press, 1970) [STC 22608] [no pagination; here assigned 1*-6*].
Incipit: In the fleete made by me William Cornishe otherwise called Nyshewhete

Fn and Ft: CORNPAR4 TEXT
Author: Cornysh, William
Title: A Treatise between Information and Truth
Source: Sir John Hawkins, A General History of the Science and Practice of Music, 2 vols. [1776] (London: Novello, 1853), 1:353-54.
Incipit: In the Fleete made by me William Cornishe, otherwise called Nyshewete

Fn and Ft: CORNPAR5 TEXT
Author: Cornysh, William
Title: A Treatise between Information and Truth
Source: Ewald Flügel, "Kleine Mitteilungen aus Handschriften," Anglia 14 (1892): 463-501 at 467-71.
Incipit: In the fleete maade be me willm Cornyshe otherwyse called nysshewhete

Fn and Ft: DEEPRE TEXT
Author: Dee, John
Title: "The Mathematical Preface" (excerpt)
Source: Euclid, The elements of geometrie, trans. Henry Billingsley, with a preface by John Dee (London: J. Daye, 1570) [STC 10560], sig. bijv-biijr; see also the facs. of the preface reproduced as an insert in John Dee, The Mathematicall Praeface to the Elements of Geometrie of Euclid of Megara (1570), with an introduction by Allen G. Debus (New York: Science History Publications, 1975).
Incipit: Musike, of Motion, hath his Originall cause

Fn and Ft: HAWESPP1 TEXT
Author: Hawes, Stephen
Title: The Pastime of Pleasure (excerpt)
Source: Stephen Hawes, The Pastime of Pleasure (London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1517) [STC 12949], ff.Evir-Eviiir; reprint in The Works of Stephen Hawes: Facsimile Reproductions with an Introduction by Frank J. Spang (Delmar, New York: Scholar's Facsimiles and Reprints, 1975), 59-63.
Incipit: I thought full longe tyll I hadde a syght

Fn and Ft: MOR1597A TEXT
Author: Morley, Thomas
Title: A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke, First Part
Source: Thomas Morley, A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (London: Peter Short, 1597) [STC 18133], ff. A1r-Bv, pp. 1-68.
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Incipit: Polymathes. STaye (brother Philomathes) what haste? Whither go you so fast?

Fn and Ft: MOR1597B TEXT
Author: Morley, Thomas
Title: A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke, Second Part
Source: Thomas Morley, A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (London: Peter Short, 1597) [STC 18133], pp. 69-115.
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Incipit: Maister. WHom do I see a far off: is it not my scholler Philomates?

Fn and Ft: MOR1597C TEXT
Author: Morley, Thomas
Title: A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke, Third Part
Source: Thomas Morley, A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (London: Peter Short, 1597) [STC 18133], pp. 116-83, ff. Bb1r-Bb6v.
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Incipit: Philomathes. WHat new and vnaccustomed passion, what strange humor or mind-changing opinion tooke you this morning

Fn and Ft: MOR1597D TEXT
Author: Morley, Thomas
Title: A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke, End Matter
Source: Thomas Morley, A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (London: Peter Short, 1597) [STC 18133], ff. G1r-(:.)4v.
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[Note: the folio sign represented as G is not G but a paragraph symbol, and the sign represented as (:.) is really a little triangle of dots.]

Fn and Ft: SKELJAP2 TEXT
Author: Skelton, John
Title: Of a comly Coystroune
Source: John Skelton, Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable workes of maister Skelton, Poete Laureate. Nowe collected and newly published (London: Thomas Marshe, 1568; reprint ed., Menston, Yorks.: Scolar Press, 1970) [STC 22608] [no pagination; here assigned 1*-3*].
Incipit: Skelton Laureate against a comely Coystrowne that curiowsly chauntyd

Fn and Ft: SKELJAP3 TEXT
Author: Skelton, John
Title: Of a comly Coystroune
Source: Sir John Hawkins, A General History of the Science and Practice of Music, 2 vols. [1776] (London: Novello, 1853), 1:378-79.
Incipit: Skelton Laureate against a comely Coystrowne, that curiowsly chauntyd

Fn and Ft: PSAL1562 TEXT
Author: Sternhold, Thomas
Title: To the Reader
Source: Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins, The Whole Booke of Psalmes, collected into Englysh Metre (London: Iohn Day, 1562) [STC 2430], sig. [Tau]iir- [Tau]viir; see also Bernarr Rainbow, English Psalmody Prefaces: Popular Methods of Teaching 1562-1835 (Kilkenny: Boethius Press, 1982), 28-38.
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Incipit: FOr that the rude and ignorant in Song, may with more delight desire

Fn and Ft: PSAL1572 TEXT
Author: Sternhold, Thomas
Title: To the Reader
Source: Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins, The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Collected into Englishe Metre by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins and Others, Conferred with the Ebrue, with apt Notes to sing them withall (London: John Daye, 1572) [STC 2442], sig. Aiv; see also Bernarr Rainbow, English Psalmody Prefaces: Popular Methods of Teaching 1562-1835 (Kilkenny: Boethius Press, 1982), 40.
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Incipit: THou shalt vnderstand (gentle Reader) that I haue (for the helpe of those that are desyrous to learne to syng) caused

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