Music:Prague notation on five-line staffs inked in red. Using the punctum, pes, clivis(?), plica(?) or other liquescent, and other unidentified ligatures. Pitch given by F letter clefs on the third or fourth line of each staff (where visible). A B-flat accidental appears on fragment 1; as the clef has been obscured, it is not possible to say with certainty what pitch it modifies, but it is most likely an E-flat or B-flat. The large size of both notation and text as well as the low register of the chant melodies indicates that the original manuscript was indeed intended for choral performance. Undoubtedly produced in or near Prague due to the distinctive regional notation; the rhomb-shaped noteheads are characteristic of the city’s medieval sign system.
Written in Italy in the second half of the thirteenth century, a fragment from a pocket-size sermon book produced by its user, judging by its inexpert script, simplicity of design and execution, and the poor quality of the parchment. Bought from Bernard Rosenthal (his MS 62, in pencil on inside of front cover) in August 1988 by Richard and Mary Rouse. Given to UCLA in 2005.
Written in Germany in the middle of the fifteenth century, to judge from script, decoration, and the latest watermark; the copying, and perhaps the composition, are the owner’s. Acquired by Bernard Rosenthal, San Francisco, in or before 1983 (his no. 53, folio 1); bought from Rosenthal in March 1988 by Richard and Mary Rouse. Given to UCLA in 2005.