Week 18

Chansonnier





Illuminated manuscript with music for three-part French love songs (Chanson d'amour) from the France-Burgundy area, c. 1480. An elegantly decorated choral book with letters shaped in figures and symbolic animal drawings; on this page the woman in the G on the left entices the kneeling man in the J with a butterfly of love. This manuscript plays a key role in musicology and was published in 1927 by the Danish musicologist Knud Jeppesen, as Der Kopenhagener Chansonnier.
Manuscript Department, Thott 291, oktavo. See the whole work online.