MS. Bodl. 775
Summary Catalogue no.: 2558
A. Additions (fols. 1–7) of about the 12th century, mostly kyrie tropes and a troped Gloria; troper divided into temporale (fol. 8), including the litany of Holy Saturday, sanctorale (fol. 33), beginning with St. Stephen, common of the saints (fol. 58v); kyriale: Kyrie (fol. 61v), Gloria (fol. 64), Sanctus (fol. 72v), Agnus dei (fol. 74v); collection of Alleluia versicles (fol. 76), tractus (fol. 88) and offertory verses (fol. 97).
B. Alleluia sequences (without text), each one preceded by the title of the melody (fols. 122–9). Additional proses, contemporary with the additions preceding part A (fols. 129v-35).
C. Proser, each prose being preceded by the melody of the Alleluia (fol. 136). There is no apparent order in this part; the notation is often erased and and rewritten on staves. Additions of local proses (fol. 182).
Parts A and C, 16–17 lines, part B, 17 lines.
Partly written by the same hand as B.L. Cotton Tiberius C. VI. probably from Winchester.
Adiastematic, non-rhythmical Winchester neums. Later hands changed the neumatic notation either into adiastematic (fol. 159) or diastematic point neums on staves of 3–4 red or dry-point (fol. 133v) lines; some Notker letters, especially in part B.
Fine initial (fol. 8). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 48, pl. V)
Capitals alternately in green, blue and red.
Original boards and sewing, repaired.
Provenance and Acquisition
Winchester, Hampshire, Benedictine cathedral priory of St Peter, St Paul, and St Swithun: Provenance inferred from liturgical character, see S.C. 2558. (MLGB3: Liturgical evidence, often to be found in the kalendar).
Written for Winchester Old Minster (liturgical evidence).
Probably among the manuscripts given in 1611 by William Harwood, prebendary of Winchester.
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Last Substantive Revision
2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.