Magnificat for 5 voices. Late 16th century "picture-motet" engraving, one of the very earliest examples of engraved music. Cornelis VERDONCK.

Magnificat for 5 voices. Late 16th century "picture-motet" engraving, one of the very earliest examples of engraved music.

[Antwerp]: Visscher, ca. 1595. Oblong quarto. 1 leaf (206 x 288 mm.). Engraving by C. Visscher after Jan Sadeler the elder (1550-1600), based on the painting by Maarten de Vos. A representation of the Magnificat, with the Virgin Mary in the center surrounded by four angels playing viols, a flute and a cornetto, with two additional singing angels on either side holding large carelles (erasable slate tablets) on which are printed the complete five-voice setting (words and music) of Verdonck's Magnificat, with the altus and bassus part on the left carelle, the superius and tenor canon in diapason on the right.

Slightly worn; unevenly trimmed to just inside plate impression; "4" printed to lower right corner.

A very good impression, with both music and text eminently readable.

A reverse of Sadeler's 1586 engraving. RISM V1239 (the 1585 printing). Vignau-Wilberg: Music and Dance in 16th Century Prints, no. 63 (the 1585 printing), illustrated on p. 170. OCLC 271822365 (the present printing).

Verdonck, a Flemish composer and singer, "became a pupil in Antwerp of Séverin Cornet, who included one work of the younger composer in each of his three publications of 1581... Two sacred works, appearing in copper engravings of the Virgin by Marten de Vos, are predominantly imitative; one of these, a Magnificat for five voices, features a strict canon derived from the tenor... Along with his mentor Séverin Cornet, Verdonck is an important exponent of the madrigal in the north." R.B. Lenaerts, et al. in Grove Music Online.

"These engravings, sometimes known as 'picture-motets', show angels or biblical figures singing and playing from partbooks and may have been published in support of the Counter-Reformation... The composers, artists and engravers were all Flemish and these fine engravings, with the music complete and legible, bear witness to the thriving artistic life in Antwerp at the end of the 16th century... They are important in their own right as particularly beautiful and unusual examples of early music engraving." Susan Bain in Grove Music Online.

One of the very earliest examples of engraved music. Item #29434

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