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Choirbook 12

SHELF MARK Basilica di San Marco, Libri musicali 12
SHORT TITLE [Giovanni Rovetta?]: 1 Magnificat [fragment] and 6 Motets

DESCRIPTION

IDENTIFIER DOI: 10.14277/unive/vmo/soundstmark/2017/choirbook12
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION 18 sheets:
1 front flyleaf (added during restoration in 2015)
15 sheets with music
1 back flyleaf (original)
1 back flyleaf (added during restoration in 2015)
In-plano. Maximum sheet size (mm): 737 (height) x 475 (width)

Before restoration (2015), the manuscript had 14 free sheets. The first sheet with music and what is now the first back flyleaf were originally glued to the front and back covers respectively: both were detached during restoration. This operation enabled the recovery of the music on the recto of sheet 1, here described in Contents, no. 1. New front and back flyleaves were added during restoration.
BINDING Cover in paperboard. Corners and spine reinforced with parchment. Originally with six raised bands in cord, replaced during restoration in 2015. As evidenced by the original binding, the present contents of the manuscript were originally preceded by another section, no longer extant. This was probably removed in the second half of the 18th century (or later).

The various sheets were coupled together before binding. The fragments of paper and parchment originally used to reinforce the connections between sheets were replaced during restoration in 2015.
MATERIAL Paper: 1 type

Chain line width (mm): 39
Watermark: not ascertainable
DATING Before 1690
COPYIST(S) Anonymous 7

Sections 1 and 2 of Choirbook 13 were copied by the same anonymous copyist.
INVENTORY Marchio Angeli (1720) no 41
NOTES The presence of motets attributed to Giovanni Rovetta suggests that Choirbook 12 is the volume ‘of Magnificats and motets by Rovetta’ listed in Marchio Angeli’s inventory of 1720 (no. 41).

The present state of the manuscript is the result of one or two operations resulting in the modification of the opening section. Two earlier numerations are visibile. The older of these, located in the upper right-hand corner of each recto, runs from ‘48’ to ‘62’. The other, located in the bottom right-hand corner of each recto, runs from ‘47’ to ‘59’ (corresponding to fols 48–60 of the earlier numeration). The verso of the last sheet containing music is blank. ThusIt is thus probable that the manuscript originally consisted of 62 sheets, of which only sheets 48¬–62 are now extant. The first 47 sheets, now lost, were presumably removed in two distinct phases: first a single sheet, then a further 46 sheets.

Two labels, attached to the back cover (exterior) and the recto of the back flyleaf, are numbered ‘6’ and ‘2’ respectively. Both presumably stem from earlier numberings of the choirbooks.
LITERATURE Collarile: Sacri concerti
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927

CONTENT

Choirbook 12_01

INCIPIT Gloria Patri et Filio
COMPOSER Anonymous
Rovetta, Giovanni (?)
DESCRIPTION Gloria Patri et Filio (sheet 1r)
SCORING 2 vocal parts (fragment): Altus, Bassus
CLEFS C4, F4
LITURGICAL SOURCE Magnificat
LITURGICAL GENRE Magnificat
LITURGICAL SOURCE Magnificat
TEXT Gloria Patri et Filio
et Spiritui Sancto.
TRANSCRIPTION
NOTES Probably a fragment of a 4 and 5-voice Magnificat (odd verses). This fragment was recovered during restoration in 2015, when the first sheet was detached from the front cover (to which it was previously glued). The attribution to Giovanni Rovetta is conjectural: the presence of a Magnificat in a collection of motets of which some are attributed to Rovetta suggests that this is the volume of ‘Magnificats and motets by Rovetta’ listed in Marchio Angeli’s inventory of 1720 (no. 41).
LITERATURE Caffi: San Marco
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Moore: Ceremoniale
Moore: Vespers at St Mark’s
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927 (1)

Choirbook 12_02

TITLE IN SOURCE [sheet 1v:] ‘Pro Apostolis’
INCIPIT Ecce ego mitto vos sicut oves in medio luporum
COMPOSER Anonymous
Rovetta, Giovanni (?)
DESCRIPTION Ecce ego mitto vos sicut oves in medio luporum (sheets 1v–3r)
SCORING 4 vocal parts: Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus
CLEFS C1, C3, C4, F3
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
LITURGICAL FEAST 1st Nocturn in vigilia Apostolorum
cf. Cattin: San Marco, vol. 2, p. 132
LITURGICAL GENRE Motet
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
TEXT Ecce ego mitto vos sicut oves in medio luporum, dicit Dominus:
estote ergo prudentes sicut serpentes
et simplices sicut columbae.
TRANSCRIPTION
NOTES The attribution to Giovanni Rovetta is conjectural: the presence of two motets attributed to the composer and a fragment of a Magnificat suggests that Choirbook 12 is the volume of ‘Magnificats and motets by Rovetta’ listed in Marchio Angeli’s inventory of 1720 (no. 41).
LITERATURE Caffi: San Marco
Collarile: Sacri concerti
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Moore: Ceremoniale
Moore: Vespers at St Mark’s
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927 (2)

Choirbook 12_03

TITLE IN SOURCE [sheet 3v:] ‘Pro Martiribus’
INCIPIT Propter testamentum Domini et leges paternas
COMPOSER Anonymous
Rovetta, Giovanni
DESCRIPTION Propter testamentum Domini et leges paternas (sheets 3v–5r)
SCORING 4 vocal parts: Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus
CLEFS C2, C4, C4, F4
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
LITURGICAL FEAST 3rd Nocturn in vigilia Plurimorum Martyrum
cf. Cattin: San Marco, vol. 2, p. 134
LITURGICAL GENRE Motet
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
TEXT [Responsorium]
Propter testamentum Domini et leges paternas
sancti Dei perstiterunt in amore fraternitatis,
quia unus fuit semper spiritus in eis et una fides.

[Versus]
Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum
habitare fratres in unum.
TRANSCRIPTION
OTHER SOURCES F-Pc, Ms. 2177
NOTES The motet is attributed to Giovanni Rovetta in F-Pc, Ms. 2177.
LITERATURE Caffi: San Marco
Collarile: Sacri concerti
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Moore: Ceremoniale
Moore: Vespers at St Mark’s
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927 (3)

Choirbook 12_04

TITLE IN SOURCE [sheet 5v:] ‘Pro Confessore’
INCIPIT Iustus germinabit sicut lilium
COMPOSER Anonymous
Rovetta, Giovanni
DESCRIPTION Iustus germinabit sicut lilium (sheets 5v–8r)
SCORING 4 vocal parts: Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus
CLEFS C2, C4, C4, F4
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
LITURGICAL FEAST Vespers 'in vigilia Confessorum non Pontificum'
cf. Cattin: San Marco, vol. 2, p. 282
LITURGICAL GENRE Motet
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
TEXT Iustus germinabit sicut lilium
et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum,
plantatus in domo Domini,
in atriis domus Dei nostri,
qui cognovit iustitiam
et inventus est in numero sanctorum.

CAO no. 7060
For the final two versets cf. CAO nos 3418 and 6995.
TRANSCRIPTION
OTHER SOURCES D-B, Mus. Ms. 19078
NOTES The motet is attributed to Giovanni Rovetta in D-B, Mus. Ms. 19078.
LITERATURE Caffi: San Marco
Collarile: Sacri concerti
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Moore: Ceremoniale
Moore: Vespers at St Mark’s
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927 (4)

Choirbook 12_05

TITLE IN SOURCE [sheet 8v:] ‘In dedicatione’
INCIPIT Benedic Domine domum istam
COMPOSER Anonymous
Rovetta, Giovanni (?)
DESCRIPTION Benedic Domine domum istam (sheets 8v–10r)
SCORING 4 vocal parts: Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus
CLEFS C1, C2, C3, F3
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
LITURGICAL FEAST 3rd Nocturn 'in vigilia Dedicationis Ecclesiae'
cf. Cattin: San Marco, vol. 2, p. 141
LITURGICAL GENRE Motet
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
TEXT Benedic Domine domum istam
quam aedificavi nomini tuo
venientium in loco isto
exaudi preces in excelso solio gloriae tuae
quia venient ad eam omnes gentes
et dicent: Gloria tibi Domine.

CAO no 6235
For the final two versets cf. CAO nos 6755 and 6756.
TRANSCRIPTION
NOTES The attribution to Giovanni Rovetta is conjectural: the presence of two motets attributed to the composer and a fragment of a Magnificat suggests that Choirbook 12 is the volume of ‘Magnificats and motets by Rovetta’ listed in Marchio Angeli’s inventory of 1720 (no. 41).
LITERATURE Caffi: San Marco
Collarile: Sacri concerti
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Moore: Ceremoniale
Moore: Vespers at St Mark’s
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927 (5)

Choirbook 12_06

TITLE IN SOURCE [sheet 10v:] ‘Pro uno Martire’
INCIPIT Hic est vere martir
COMPOSER Anonymous
Rovetta, Giovanni (?)
DESCRIPTION Hic est vere martyr (sheets 10v–12r)
SCORING 4 vocal parts: Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus
CLEFS C2, C4, C4, F4
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
LITURGICAL FEAST 3rd Nocturn 'in vigilia Unius Martyris'
Cf. Cattin: San Marco, vol. 2, p. 136
LITURGICAL GENRE Motet
LITURGICAL SOURCE Responsorium
TEXT Hic est vere martyr [‘martir’ in source]
qui pro Christi nomine sanguinem suum fudit,
qui minas iudicum non timuit
nec terrenae dignitatis gloriam quaesivit,
sed ad caelestia regna feliciter pervenit.

CAO no. 6830
TRANSCRIPTION
NOTES The attribution to Giovanni Rovetta is conjectural: the presence of two motets attributed to the composer and a fragment of a Magnificat suggests that Choirbook 12 is the volume of ‘Magnificats and motets by Rovetta’ listed in Marchio Angeli’s inventory of 1720 (no. 41).
LITERATURE Caffi: San Marco
Collarile: Sacri concerti
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Moore: Ceremoniale
Moore: Vespers at St Mark’s
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927 (6)

Choirbook 12_07

INCIPIT Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore
COMPOSER Anonymous
Giovanni Rovetta (?)
DESCRIPTION Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore (sheets 12v–15r)
SCORING 4 vocal parts: Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus
CLEFS C1, C3, C4, F3
LITURGICAL SOURCE Offertorium, Proprium missae
LITURGICAL FEAST Dominica V post Pentecostes'
cf. Cattin: San Marco, vol. 2, p. 393
LITURGICAL GENRE Motet
LITURGICAL SOURCE Offertorium, Proprium missae
TEXT Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore,
semper laus eius in ore meo.
In Domino laudabitur anima mea,
audiant mansueti et laetentur.
Gustate et videte quoniam suavis est Dominus:
beatus vir qui sperat in eo.

CAO no. 6237
TRANSCRIPTION
OTHER SOURCES I-Vsm, B.849 (see Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 16, 20)
NOTES The attribution to Giovanni Rovetta is conjectural: the presence of two motets attributed to the composer and a fragment of a Magnificat suggests that Choirbook 12 is the volume of ‘Magnificats and motets by Rovetta’ listed in Marchio Angeli’s inventory of 1720 (no. 41).
LITERATURE Caffi: San Marco
Collarile: Sacri concerti
Collarile: Suono dell’eterno
Moore: Ceremoniale
Moore: Vespers at St Mark’s
Passadore, Rossi: San Marco, no. 1927 (7)


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