GB-Lbl (London) Add MS 30845


Liber misticus (type of book containing chants, readings and prayers for the cathedral ordo, i.e. vespers, matutinum and mass, and on penitential days only, also tertia, sexta and nona) with material for Post-Pentecost time offices from 13 June (Saint Quricus) to 12 November Saint Emilianus. This manuscript has the most complete rendition of these offices. The first quire has the office of Saint Jerome (normally observed on 30 September following the office of Saint Quiricus 13 June; it is possible that this manuscript reflects a practice in which Saint Jerome was observed on 15 June, like in East Christianity. The similarity of this quire's palaeographical and codicological features with respect to that of the remaining quires are sufficient to discard the hypothesis proposed by Díaz y Díaz (1980) that this first quire originally belonged to another book. Its last quire, with only one folio, is displaced: it contains part of the offices of Saint Christina and Saint Bartholomew, which were observed at the end of July. It is very likely that it's original place was between quires 6 (ending with the office for Saint Cucuphas, on 25 July) and 7 (quire that has the office for Saint Felix of Gerona, 1 August).

It has very interesting monograms preceding each office that have a style that is not present in any of the manuscripts currently preserved at Santo Domingo de Silos: some of them have human shapes, representing the celebrated saints, other have animal or vegetable shapes.
Though the musical notation is of the vertical variety several neumes are tilted towards the right as is typical of the horizontal notation. This is also one of the manuscripts with what Brou (1955) called "intermittent notation" (i.e. when a syllable bears one note only sometimes such note is not copied).

Date: most authors place its production in the tenth century; others date it as tenth-eleventh century (Férotin, 1912; Rojo and Prado, 1929), end-tenth century to beginning-eleventh century (Boynton); eleventh century (Walker, 1998; Millares Carlo, 1999). Díaz y Díaz (1983) dates: ff. 1r-7v, as end-tenth century; the fragment in ff. 86 bis r-v as tenth century; ff. 91r-94v as eleventh century; but does not give a date for the rest of the manuscript.

Origin: the British Library (when it was British Museum) acquired it from Quaritch, which had bought it from the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos in the late nineteenth century. As noted before, this manuscript does not resemble any tenth or eleventh century manuscript preserved there. Boynton and Whitehill proposed San Millán as its place of origin. As Boynton ('A lost Mozarabic manuscript', p. 191) explains,'It was apparently produced in San Millán' (my italics) mainly based on the fact that 'the mass for San Millán refers to him several times as "noster" and "patronus"'. Although this attribution is possible, the musical notation, script, codicology and miniatures in this manuscript, suggest that this manuscript was produced elsewhere, and this becomes even more apparent if the whole corpus of Hispanic rite manuscripts are examined in person. San Millán was a powerful motherhouse and had a large network of convents and monasteries linked with it, all of which would call San Millán their patron. Furthermore, especially after the battle of Simancas in 939, any monastery or church in La Rioja, and the Castilla and León areas, was likely to call San Millán their patron, and there are many big scriptoria documented from this area (Tábara, Nájera, Albelda, Cardeña, Oña, etc...). Díaz y Díaz (1983) suggests that what he calls the main part of the codex is from Santo Domingo de Silos, but not from its monastery but from a place of exchange; he later (1995) adds that it has symptoms of the South of the Península.

Liturgical tradition: A.

Randel responsorial tone tradition: [La] Rioja, though "it shows a greater number of León symptoms" if compared with GB-Lbl Add MS 30851 (Randel, 1973, p. 70).

Add MS 30845
Source type: 
Preserved for long at Santo Domingo de Silos, but there is no evidence to confirm this origin in the manuscript (see "Description" above).
Manuscript / Print: 
Page layout (mm): 
(bibliography of this entry is to be completed)
See "Description" above.
Indexed by: 

Raquel Rojo Carrillo (description), Marcus Jones & Pablo F. Cantalapiedra (index)


ASENSIO (2003)
BOYNTON (2002)
BRITISH MUSEUM (ed.), Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881, facsimile reprint of ed. originally published: London: published by the Trustees of the British Museum, 1882 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1968)
BROCKETT, Clyde W., Antiphons, Responsories, and Other Chants of the Mozarabic Rite (Musicological Studies, 15. Brooklyn, New York: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 1968).
CLARK, Charles Upson, Collectanea Hispanica (Paris: Libraire Ancienne Honoré Champion Édouard Champion, September 1920).
DÍAZ Y DÍAZ Manuel C., (1995)
-Códices visigóticos de la monarquía leonesa (León: Centro de Estudios e Investigación “San Isidoro”, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de León, y Archivo Histórico Diocesano, 1983)
FERNÁNDEZ DE LA CUESTA, Ismael, Historia de la música española: 1. Desde los orígenes hasta el “ars nova” (Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1983).
Manuscritos y fuentes musicales en España: Edad Media (Opera Omnia: Colección dirigida por Rodrigo de Zayas. Madrid: Editorial Alpuerto, 1980).
FÉROTIN, D. Marius, Le Liber Mozarabicus Sacramentorum et les manuscrits mozarabes (F. Cabrol, H. Leclercq, & M. Férotin (eds.), Monumenta Ecclesiae Liturgica, Vol. 6. Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot et Cie., 1912), pp. 820-42.
GARCÍA VILLADA, Zacarías, Paleografía española (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Históricos, 1923), Vol. 1.
GÓMEZ MUNTANÉ, Maricarmen, La música medieval en España (Kassel: Edición Reichenberger, 2001).
MILLARES CARLO, Agustín, Corpus de Códices Visigóticos, ed. M. C. Díaz y Díaz and others (Canarias: Fundación de Enseñanza Superior a Distancia de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1999).
—"Manuscritos visigóticos. Notas bibliográficas", Hispania Sacra, Vol. 14, N. 28 (1961), 337-444.
PINELL, Jordi, "Los textos de la antigua liturgia hispánica. Fuentes para su estudio", in Rivera Recio, Juan Francisco (ed.), Estudios sobre la liturgia mozárabe (Publicaciones del Instituto Provincial de Investigaciones y Estudios Toledanos, serie 3. Toledo: Diputación Provincial, 1965), Vol. 1, 109-64 (p. 120).
RANDEL, Don Michael, An Index to the Chant of the Mozarabic Rite (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1973).
The Responsorial Tones for the Mozarabic Office (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1969).
ROJO, Casiano and Germán PRADO, El canto mozárabe: Estudio histórico-crítico de su antigüedad y estado actual (Publicaciones del Departamento de Música, 5. Barcelona: Biblioteca Central. Diputación Provincial de Barcelona, 1929), pp. 20-1.
ROJO CARRILLO, Raquel, "BL, Add. MS 30845 (11th-c. Liber misticus)", paper given on 29 March 2014, at British Library, as part of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society annual study day.
SUNYOL (1925)
WALKER, Rose, Views of Transition: Liturgy and Illumination in Medieval Spain (London: The British Library and University of Toronto Press, 1998).

Submitted by Raquel Rojo Carrillo
Post date: 07 Apr 2017 | Last update: 26 Jun 2023

Chants of the source

Displaying 1 - 100 of 1114 chants.
Folio Incipit Feast Mode Cantus ID
001r 1 Splenduit lucerna tua domine super... V VPR h00376
001r 2 Vestigia domini secuti sunt pedes... VPRV h00376a
001v 1 Exortum est in te V VPR Cyrici h00949
001v 2 Beati qui custodiunt judicium et... V SNO Cyrici h01629
001v 3 Dedit justis dominus claritatem... V ANT Cyrici h00951
001v 4 Dominus custodit* V ANTV Cyrici h00951a
001v 5 Deduxit sanctos dominus viam... V ALL Cyrici h00952
001v 6 Beati inmacu* V ALLV Cyrici h00952a
001v 7 Adest miranda passio Quirici... V H Cyrici h00953
002r 1 Super populum* MH ANT Cyrici h00971
002r 2 Sancti tui benedicunt te domine... MH ANT Cyrici h00972
002r 3 Dominus custodit* MH ANTV Cyrici h00972a
002r 4 Glorificetur deus in concilio... MH ANT Cyrici h00973
002r 5 Vox le* MH ANTV Cyrici h00974
002r 6 Pretiosa in conspectu domini... MH ALL Cyrici h00975
002r 7 Beati in* MH ALLV Cyrici h00975a
002r 8 Vincula sanctorum iam solute sunt... MH RS Cyrici h01046
002r 9 Qui sunt isti qui ut nubes MH RSV Cyrici h01046a
002r 10 Aedificentur* MH ANT Cyrici h00646
002r 11 Laetitia sempiterna* MH ANT Cyrici h01047
002r 12 Omnes sancti* MH BNMT Cyrici h00541
002r 13 Quis deus* MH SNO Cyrici h01049
004r 1 Credo in unum deum patrem... MH VAR Cyrici h04444
004v 1 Quem cuncta laudant ut bona valde MH VAR Cyrici h04470
004v 2 Tu patris verbigena factus caro... MH VAR Cyrici h04477
005v 1 Gloria et honore V VPR Hieronimi h01050
005v 2 Deus precinxit* V SNO Hieronimi h01051
005v 3 Ad propinquate ad me egeni et V ANT Hieronimi h01052
005v 4 Os meum loquetur* V Hieronimi h01052a
005v 5 Audite me magnati et omnes populi V ALL Hieronimi h01053
005v 6 In labiis meis pro* V ALLV Hieronimi h01053a
005v 7 Deus immensa trinitas corona... V H Hieronimi * a07011
005v 8 Deus immensa trinitas corona... V HV Hieronimi * a07011:01
005v 9 Hujus sancti pontificis et... V HV Hieronimi * a07011:02
005v 10 Ut confitentes erigas et... V HV Hieronimi * a07011:03
005v 11 Et ut Jeronimus confessus est tuum V HV Hieronimi * a07011:04
005v 12 Gloria mea deus * MH ANT 3 Hieronimi * h01599
005v 13 Euge serve bone et fidelis quia MH ANT Hieronimi h03173
005v 14 Os justi * MH ANTV Hieronimi * h03173d
005v 15 Ecce homo justus sine querella... MH ANT Hieronimi h03059
005v 16 Manus enim * MH ANTV Hieronimi * h03059b
005v 17 Ecce intelleget puer meus et... MH ALL Hieronimi h01259
005v 18 Jucundus homo * MH ALLV Hieronimi * h01259c
005v 19 Laetabitur justus in deo speravit... MH RS Hieronimi h02321
005v 20 Tota die justus miseretur et... MH RSV Hieronimi h02321a
005v 21 Laudabit * MH ANT 50 Hieronimi * h03771
005v 22 Ecce servus meus * MH ANT C Hieronimi * h01759
005v 23 Benedictio domini * MH BNMT Hieronimi * h00192
005v 24 Exaudisti * MH SNO Hieronimi * h00193
005v 25 Beatus vir * MASS PRLG Hieronimi * h00689
005v 26 Jucunditatem * MASS PSLM Hieronimi * h00823
005v 27 [Alleluia] Ecce servus * MASS LDS Hieronimi * h00881
005v 28 Omnis qui me confessus * MASS SCR Hieronimi * g03522
008r 1 Exortum est in tenebris lumen... V VPR Adriani h00949
008r 2 Beata gens cujus est dominus deus V VPRV Adriani h00949b
008r 3 Alleluia judicium datum est... V SNO Adriani h01593
008r 4 Ecce Michael unus principum... V SNOV Adriani h01593a
008r 5 Desiderium bonum justis dabitur et... V ANT Adriani h02808
008r 6 Potens * V ANTV Adriani * h02808b
008r 7 Desiderium justorum omne bonum est... V ALL Adriani h01213
008r 8 Beati qui * V ALLV Adriani * h01213a
008r 9 Jerusalem gloriosa mater una... V H Adriani * a06882
009r 1 Super populum tuum * MH ANT 3 Adriani * h01826
009r 2 Radix justorum proficiet mulier... MH ANT Adriani h04132
009r 3 Quoniam deus amat * MH ANTV Adriani * h04132a
009r 4 Pars bona mulier bona in parte MH ANT Adriani h03945
009r 5 Beata * MH ANTV Adriani * h03945a
009v 1 Gloria justorum timor dei et... MH ALL Adriani h01326
009v 2 Beati immaculati * MH ALLV Adriani * h01326a
009v 3 Corona sanctorum timor dei gratia... MH RS Adriani h02079
009v 4 Sit nomen domini benedictum ex hoc MH RSV Adriani h02079a
009v 5 In exsultatione justorum multa... MH ANT Adriani h03496
009v 6 Beati immaculati * MH ANTV Adriani * h03496b
009v 7 Expectatio justorum laetitia et... MH ANT Adriani h03205
009v 8 Oculi domini * MH ANTV Adriani * h03205b
010r 1 Lux justorum laetificat eos... MH ALL Adriani h01410
010r 2 Vox laetitiae * MH ALLV Adriani * h01410a
010r 3 Justi omnes quasi virens folium... MH RS Adriani h02318
010r 4 Mulier fortis oblectat virum suum... MH RSV Adriani h02318a
010r 5 Da nobis * MH ANT 50 Adriani h00660
010r 6 Datio dei * MH ANT Adriani h02791
010r 7 Benedicta es tu filia a domino MH BNMT Adriani h03571
010r 8 Quis deus magnus sicut deus noster MH SNO Adriani h01049
010r 9 Honorificus in sanctis mirabilis... MH SNOV Adriani h01049a
010v 1 Gloria justorum * MASS PRLG Adriani h00768
011r 1 Transivimus per ignem et aquam et MASS PSLM Adriani h00856
011r 2 Probasti nos deus sicut probatus... MASS PSLMV Adriani h00856a
011v 1 Alleluia beati qui habitant in... MASS LDS Adriani h00432
011v 2 Omnes viri atque mulieres mente... MASS SCR Adriani h00636
013r 1 Lucerna pedibus meis verbum tuum... V VPR Joannis Baptistae h01024
013r 2 Juravi et statui custodire verbum V VPRV Joannis Baptistae h01024a
013r 3 Haec dicit dominus priusquam te... V SNO Joannis Baptistae h01686
013r 4 Prophetam quoque gentibus dedi te... V SNOV Joannis Baptistae h01686a
013r 5 Apparuit angelus Zachariae a... V ANT Joannis Baptistae h02445
013v 1 Caeli enarrant * V ANTV Joannis Baptistae * h02445a
013v 2 Ne timeas Zacharias quoniam... V ANT Joannis Baptistae h03759
013v 3 Manus enim * V ANTV Joannis Baptistae * h03759a
013v 4 Angelus domini dixit Zachariae... V ALL Joannis Baptistae h01136
013v 5 Potens * V ALLV Joannis Baptistae * h01136a
013v 6 Plange lyram Zacharias sacerdotum... V H Joannis Baptistae * a06906