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Edition:
De arte canendi, ac vero signorum in cantibus usu.

Nuremberg: Johann Petreius, 1540, vdm: 548

Title page:

DE ARTE || CANENDI, AC VERO || SIGNORVM IN CANTIBVS VSV,|| libri duo, autore Sebaldo || Heyden.|| Ab ipso authore recogniti, mutati & aucti.|| [woodcut of arms of Nuremberg framed by a laurel wreath] || Isocrates.|| ὁρῶμεν τὰς ἐπιδóσεις ἴσμεν γιγνομένας καὶ τῶν τεχνῶν καὶ || τῶν ἄλλων ἁπάντων, οὐ διὰ τοὺς ἐμμένοντας τοῖς καθε-||στῶσιν· ἀλλὰ διὰ τοὺς ἐπανορθοῦντας καὶ τολμῶντας ἀεί || τὶ κινεῖν, τῶν μὴ καλῶς ἐχόντων.|| Norimbergæ apud Ioh. Petreium,|| Anno salutis M. D. XL.|| Cum priuilegio Imp. ad sexennium ||

Colophon:

Norimbergæ apud Iohan.Petreium,|| Anno M. D. XL.||

Author:
Sebald Heyden
Place of printing:

Nuremberg

Printer:
Johann Petreius
Year:
1540
Further information on dating:
Taken from title page and colophon.
Catalogue references:
RISM B/6:
p. 412
VD16:
H 3381
vdm:
548
Type of source:

Theory book

Language:

Latin; Greek

Format:
Printed area:
104 x 162 mm
Number of leaves:
108
Original foliation:
[6], pp. [1]-163
Collation:

A6, B-V4, X6 (last page blank).

Privilege:

Cum priuilegio Imp. ad sexennium (title page)

Autopsy copy:

B-Br VH 9.750 B (measurements taken form D-Mbs Mus.th. 665)

Technique for printing music:

single impression; individual notes printed from type

Single impression music font:

Petreius Small

Measurements:

full-length staff (C3v): 98 x 9 mm; height of minim (E1v): 8 mm; height of breve with serifs: 3.5 mm

Text font:

Greek, Antiqua (Roman)

Remarks on printing:

There are larger staves with a height of 19 mm, which show no notation, but solmisation syllables inserted in staff lines (e. g. C2r). The empty staff on B3r measures 99 x 9 mm.

Genre:
example in theory book, motet, mass propers, mass ordinary
Number of voices:
1, 4
Notation:
Mensural notation
Number of staff lines:
5, 8, 10
Repertoire:

Several examples with canons.

Composers:

Heinrich Isaac; Jacob Obrecht; Johannes Ockeghem; Johannes Ghiselin; Josquin des Prez; Pierre de la Rue; Alexander Agricola; Marbrianus de Orto; Gaspar van Weerbeke

Dedicatee:

Hieronymus Baumgartner the Elder

Contributors:

Sebald Heyden

Paratexts:

A1v-6v: dedication letter to Hieronymus Baumgartner by Heyden, dated “Ex Musæo Sebaldino, ad Calendas Januarias, Anni à Christo nato 1540.”
A6v: Index of both books (in chapters)

Illustrations:

Title page: woodcut of arms of Nuremberg framed by a laurel wreath.

Modern edition:

Heyden, Sebald. “De arte canendi”, Translation and transcription by Clement A. Miller. In Publications of the American Institute of Musicology: Musicological studies & documents, 26. Rome: American Institute of Musicology, 1972

Print facsimile:

Heyden, Sebald. “De arte canendi” (Nuremberg 1540), Facsimile Edition. In Monuments of music and music literature in facsimile: 2, Music literature: 139. New York: Broude, 1969

Secondary literature:

Teramoto, Mariko, and Armin Brinzing. Katalog der Musikdrucke des Johannes Petreius in Nürnberg (Catalogus musicus 14). Kassel: 1993 (no. 14); Judd, Cristle Collins. Reading Renaissance Music Theory. Hearing with the Eyes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000 (90ff)

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