The Proportionale musices of Iohannes Tinctoris : a critical edition, translation and study
The core of this study is a new edition and translation of the Proportionale musices of Iohannes Tinctoris (c.1435-1511). The text is preceded by two introductory sections devoted, first, to reviewing the evidence for Tinctoris's biography and the chronology of his treatises as a whole, and, secondly, to examining the sources employed in the edition. In the section on chronology some new information is presented concerning the printing of the incunabulum De inuentione et usu musice, and on the scope of the original compilation from which the contents of the print were excerpted. In the discussion of sources, the first detailed description of the principal Brussels manuscript is given, in which some evidence is adduced for believing this to be an authorial holograph. Some refinements are also made to current knowledge regarding the dating and provenance of the Valencia and Bologna University Library sources. Following the translation of the Proportionale, some notes on the text are offered. Appendices present (a) the documentary biographical material discussed at the opening; (b) a littie-studied letter from Tinctoris to Joanmarco Ginico; (c) Tinctoris's translation into Italian of the Statutes for the Order of the Golden Fleece; and (d) a transcription of some new fragments of De inuentione et usu musice, rediscovered recently in Cainbrai.