Large oblong octavo (ca. 186 x 257 mm.). Notated on six 5-line rastrum-ruled staves in black ink on both sides of a single leaf.
Some light foxing and staining; edges worn, with tears resulting in minor loss of music.
The music on the recto ("Et in terra pax hominibus" and "Qui tollis peccata mundi") is composed in a somewhat chant-like style, mostly syllabic with only occasional miniature melismas. The music on the verso (two settings of "Kyrie eleison" and one of "Christe eleison") is more flowing, with more frequent scales, contrasts in vocal range, and shifts in melodic contour. The initial letters of each movement are executed in an ornamental calligraphic script.
An attractive 17th century document, revealing a variety of text-setting strategies and styles.
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