GB-Lbl (London) Add MS 30850


Franco-Roman antiphonary with material for the whole liturgical year (ff. 6r-240v), including part of a tonary (ff. 235r-241v), and a fragment of Old Hispanic antiphonary (ff. 1r-v and 3v) with material that in other Old Hispanic manuscripts is assigned for quotidian Sundays (e.g. E-L Ms 8, f. 281v onwards); ff. 2r-v, 3r and 4r-5v also seem to be misplaced or flyleaves extracted from a book very similar to the Franco-Roman antiphonary (same handwriting, notation and ruling of the parchment. Note that antiphonaries in the Old Hispanic rite have chants for the cathedral ordo (i.e. vespers, matutinum and mass, and, on penitential days only, also the hours of tertia, sexta and nona), while antiphonaries in the Franco-Roman rite contain the chants for all office hours (monastic ordo, i.e. all services except the mass). The sequences in f. 2r have been identified as 'Old Hispanic' (e.g. in Fernández de la Cuesta, 1985, p. XIX). However, the lack of cognates in any other Old Hispanic manuscript (Códice Álvaro is given by Fernández de la Cuesta, as an Old Hispanic manuscript with a cognate, but this manuscript, in fact, does not contain any other Old Hispanic material, so its sequence might be a Roman accretion), the liturgical assignments of these sequences ('de uno iusto' and 'de sanctis' in contrast with the Old Hispanic quotidian material in ff. 1r-v and 3v) and the codicology of this manuscript puts into question this identification. Before the current binding of GB-Lbl Add MS 30850, its fragment of Old Hispanic antiphonary in all likelihood served as the flyleaves of the Franco-Roman antiphonary, perhaps at its end. Maybe ff. 1r-v and 3r-v belonged to the same sheet 1r (hair) - 1v (skin) - 3v (skin) - 3r (hair); the last of these folios belongs to the Franco-Roman antiphonary, very likely recycling a blank page of the flyleaves. Drawings added to these folios also link them (and perhaps 5v too).
Notation: previous authors regard the notation of the main, Franco-Roman rite, part of this manuscript as 'Visigothic', i.e. Old Hispanic (see, e.g., Fernández de la Cuesta, 1985, p. X). However, several of its neumes do not exist in any Old Hispanic chant manuscript, e.g. its trigon or many of its compound neumes starting with a climacus. It is more accurate to call the notation of the main part of this manuscript Catalan notation. The fragment of Old Hispanic manuscript has no trace of having born any kind of Old Hispanic notation. Later hands added Aquitanian notation to some words of ff. 1r-v, and the melodic contours that they create are not alike those in any cognate of the Old Hispanic chants transmitted in this fragment - the Aquitanian neumes were very likely added informally as seems to be the case of the drawings in these folios. In f. 3v a few chants also have Aquitanian neumes in some of their syllables as well as Catalan neumes, just as those in the main, Franco-Roman, part of this manuscript. These neumes, as those in ff. 1r-v might have been added later and informally - their melodic contour is nothing alike that of the cognates of these chants in the Old Hispanic rite manuscripts.
Date: because its main section contains Roman liturgy and Old-Hispanic-like notation (which I noted is really closer to Catalan notation), previous scholars have proposed a copy-date very close to the official suppression of the Old Hispanic rite in the Iberian Península (i.e. after the Council of Burgos, 1080/1). Fernández de la Cuesta, 1985, p. XV, places its copy-date between 1081, i.e. after the council of Burgos, and 1088, i.e. before the consecration of the altar for Santo Domingo de Silos at the church of the abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos (which is the ascribed provenance of this manuscript), because this manuscript does not have a proper office for this saint.
Provenance: the whole codex is ascribed to the abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos because it was preserved there from the middle ages (see Boylan, 1992, pp. 69, 71-2) until it was sold to UK owners in the nineteenth century.
Liturgical tradition: unknown because it lacks Old Hispanic musical notation.
Randel responsorial tone tradition: unknown because it lacks Old Hispanic musical notation.

Add MS 30850
Ascribed to Santo Domingo de Silos (see 'Description' above)
Manuscript / Print: 
Page layout (mm): 
Note that the fragment with Old Hispanic chants (ff. 1r-v and 3v) belongs to the Old Hispanic rite's cathedral cursus. The bibliography of this entry is to be completed
ca. late-eleventh century (see 'Description' above)
Indexed by: 

Raquel Rojo Carrillo, Pablo F. Cantalapiedra


BOYLAN, Ann, 'The Library at Santo Domingo de Silos and its catalogues (XIth-XVIIIth Centuries)', Revue Mabillon, nouvelle série, 3 (1992), 59-102 (pp. 69, 71, 72, 90, 92).
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), p. 120.
FERNÁNDEZ DE LA CUESTA, Ismael (facsimile ed. and intro.), Antiphonale Silense: British Library Mss. Add. 30.850 (Madrid: Sociedad Española de Musicología, 1985).
- ‘Notas paleograficas al antifonario silence del Museo Britanico (Mss Add. 30,850)’, in Homenaje a fray Justo Perez de Urbel (Studia Silensia, 3, Burgos: Universidad de Burgos y Abadía de Silos, 1976), Vol. 1, 233-56.
FÉROTIN, Marius, Histoire de l'Abbaye de Silos (Paris: Léroux,1897), pp. 276-7.
HAGGH, Barbara, 'The Historia for St. Dominic of Silos in British Library Add. ms. 30850', in Zapke, Susana (ed.), Hispania Vetus: Musical-Liturgical Manuscripts from Visigothic Origins to the Franco/Roman Transition (9th-12th Centuries), (Bilbao: Fundación BBVA, 2007), 175-87.
HUNTINGTON, Archer M. (ed.), Initials and miniatures of the IXth, Xth and XIth centuries, from the Mozarabic Manuscripts of Santo Domingo de Silos in the British Museum (New York: The De Vinne Press, 1904).
ROJO CARRILLO, Raquel (forthcoming)
VIVANCOS, Miguel C., 'Antiphonary', in Zapke, Susana (ed.), Hispania Vetus: Musical-Liturgical Manuscripts from Visigothic Origins to the Franco/Roman Transition (9th-12th Centuries), (Bilbao: Fundación BBVA, 2007), p. 278.

Submitted by Raquel Rojo Carrillo
Post date: 11 Apr 2017 | Last update: 22 Apr 2019

Chants of the source

Displaying 501 - 600 of 5941 chants.
Folio Incipit Feast Mode Cantus ID
021v 3 Ecce veniet desideratus cunctis... L A 2 Dom. 4 Adventus 1 002548
021v 4 Erunt prava in directa et aspera L A 3 Dom. 4 Adventus 1 002676
021v 5 Dominus veniet occurrite illi... L A 4 Dom. 4 Adventus 1 002423
021v 6 Omnipotens sermo tuus domine a... L A 5 Dom. 4 Adventus 2 004144
021v 7 Super te Jerusalem L R Dom. 4 Adventus r 007728
021v 8 Et gloria ejus L V Dom. 4 Adventus r 007728a
021v 9 Vox clara ecce* L H Dom. 4 Adventus 008413
021v 10 Vox clamantis in deserto* L W Dom. 4 Adventus 008246
021v 11 Bethleem non es minima in... L A B Dom. 4 Adventus 4 001737
021v 12 Canite tuba P A Dom. 4 Adventus 1 001757
021v 13 Ecce veniet desideratus T A Dom. 4 Adventus 1 002548
021v 14 Erumpant montes S A Dom. 4 Adventus 7 002675
021v 15 Dominus veniet occurrite N A Dom. 4 Adventus 1 002423
021v 16 Hodie scietis quia veniet dominus... M I Vigilia Nat. Domini 4 001084
022r 1 Vigilate animo in proximo est... M A 1 Vigilia Nat. Domini 4 005418
022r 2 Sanctificamini hodie et estote... M R 1.1 Vigilia Nat. Domini 7 007594
022r 3 Hodie scietis quia veniet dominus... M V 1.1 Vigilia Nat. Domini 7 007594a
022r 4 Constantes estote videbitis... M R 1.2 Vigilia Nat. Domini 8 006328
022r 5 Sanctificamini filii Israel dicit... M V 1.2 Vigilia Nat. Domini 8 006328b
022r 6 Sanctificamini filii Israel dicit... M R 1.3 Vigilia Nat. Domini 007593
022r 7 Vos qui in pulvere estis... M V 1.3 Vigilia Nat. Domini 007593e
022r 8 Alleluia alleluia alleluia* M A 2 Vigilia Nat. Domini 001328
022r 9 Judaea et Jerusalem nolite timere... L A 1 Vigilia Nat. Domini 003511
022r 10 Hodie scietis quia veniet dominus... L A 2 Vigilia Nat. Domini 003119
022r 11 Crastina die delebitur iniquitas... L A 3 Vigilia Nat. Domini 001940
022r 12 Exspectetur sicut pluvia eloquium... L A 4 Vigilia Nat. Domini 002806
022r 13 Crastina erit vobis salus dicit... L A 5 Vigilia Nat. Domini 001941
022r 14 Hodie scietis quia veniet dominus L R Vigilia Nat. Domini r 006865
022v 1 Et mane videbitis gloriam ejus L V Vigilia Nat. Domini r 006865a
022v 2 Constantes estote videbitis... L W Vigilia Nat. Domini 007993
022v 3 Missus est Gabriel L A B Vigilia Nat. Domini 8 003794
022v 4 Judaea et Jerusalem P A Vigilia Nat. Domini 003511
022v 5 Joseph fili David T A Vigilia Nat. Domini 7 003507
022v 6 Rex pacificus magnificatus est... S A Vigilia Nat. Domini 8 004657
022v 7 Exspectetur sicut pluvia N A Vigilia Nat. Domini 002806
022v 8 Scitote quia prope est regnum dei V A 1 Nativitas Domini 8 004834
022v 9 Orietur sicut sol salvator mundi... V A 2 Nativitas Domini 004195
022v 10 Dum ortus fuerit sol de caelo V A 3 Nativitas Domini 002462
022v 11 Levate capita vestra ecce... V A 4 Nativitas Domini 1 003608
022v 12 Judaea et Jerusalem nolite timere... V R Nativitas Domini 4 007040
023r 1 Constantes estote videbitis... V V Nativitas Domini 4 007040a
023r 2 Veni redemptor gentium* V HV Nativitas Domini 008408a
023r 3 Benedictus qui venit in nomine... V W Nativitas Domini 007978
023r 4 Cum esset desponsata mater Jesu... V A M Nativitas Domini 8 002000
023r 5 Christus natus est nobis venite... M I Nativitas Domini 4 001055
023r 6 Christe redemptor omnium ex patre* M H Nativitas Domini 008277
023r 7 Dominus dixit ad me filius meus M A 1.1 Nativitas Domini 002406
023r 8 Tamquam sponsus dominus procedens... M A 1.2 Nativitas Domini 005101
023r 9 Elevamini portae aeternales et... M A 1.3 Nativitas Domini 002631
023r 10 Diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis M A 1.4 Nativitas Domini 1 002216
023r 11 Psallite deo nostro psallite... M A 1.5 Nativitas Domini 1 004406
023r 12 Suscepimus deus misericordiam tuam... M A 1.6 Nativitas Domini 8 005084
023r 13 Tamquam sponsus R. Dominus... M W 1 Nativitas Domini 008216
023r 14 Hodie nobis caelorum rex de... M R 1.1 Nativitas Domini 5 006858
023v 1 Gloria in excelsis deo et in M V 1.1 Nativitas Domini 5 006858a
023v 2 Hodie nobis de caelo pax vera M R 1.2 Nativitas Domini 8 006859
023v 3 Hodie illuxit dies redemptionis... M V 1.2 Nativitas Domini 8 006859b
023v 4 Quem vidistis pastores dicite... M R 1.3 Nativitas Domini 4 007470
023v 5 Dicite quidnam vidistis et... M V 1.3 Nativitas Domini 8 007470b
023v 6 Descendit de caelis missus ab arce M R 1.4 Nativitas Domini 1 006411
023v 7 Tamquam sponsus dominus procedens... M V 1.4 Nativitas Domini 1 006411a
023v 8 Orietur diebus domini abundantia... M A 2.1 Nativitas Domini 004194
023v 9 Veritas de terra orta est et M A 2.2 Nativitas Domini 8 005368
023v 10 Ipse invocabit me alleluia pater... M A 2.3 Nativitas Domini 6 003402
023v 11 Laetentur caeli et exsultet terra... M A 2.4 Nativitas Domini 4 003567
023v 12 Notum fecit dominus alleluia... M A 2.5 Nativitas Domini 6 003964
023v 13 Verbum caro factum est alleluia et M A 2.6 Nativitas Domini 6 005361
024r 1 Ipse invocavit me pater meus es M W 2 Nativitas Domini r 008106
024r 2 Beata dei genetrix Maria cujus... M R 2.1 Nativitas Domini 7 006162
024r 3 Beata quae credidit quoniam... M V 2.1 Nativitas Domini 7 006162b
024r 4 Sancta et immaculata virginitas... M R 2.2 Nativitas Domini 2 007569
024r 5 Benedicta tu in mulieribus et... M V 2.2 Nativitas Domini 2 007569a
024r 6 Beata viscera Mariae virginis quae... M R 2.3 Nativitas Domini 7 006171
024r 7 Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis... M V 2.3 Nativitas Domini 7 006171b
024r 8 Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis... M R 2.4 Nativitas Domini 8 006444
024r 9 Haec dies quam fecit dominus... M V 2.4 Nativitas Domini 8 006444b
024r 10 Parvulus filius hodie natus est... M A 3 Nativitas Domini 8 004221
024r 11 Notum fecit dominus salutare suum... M W 3 Nativitas Domini 008153
024r 12 Ecce agnus dei qui tollit peccata M R 3.1 Nativitas Domini 006575
024v 1 Qui de terra est de terra M V 3.1 Nativitas Domini 006575b
024v 2 Confirmatum est cor virginis in... M R 3.2 Nativitas Domini 1 006314
024v 3 Domus pudici pectoris templum... M V 3.2 Nativitas Domini 1 006314a
024v 4 In principio erat verbum et verbum M R 3.3 Nativitas Domini 1 006926
024v 5 Omnia per ipsum facta sunt et M V 3.3 Nativitas Domini 1 006926a
024v 6 Verbum caro factum est et... M R 3.4 Nativitas Domini 007840
024v 7 In principio erat verbum et verbum M V 3.4 Nativitas Domini 007840a
024v 8 Quem vidistis pastores dicite... L A 1 Nativitas Domini 004455
024v 9 Genuit puerpera regem cui nomen... L A 2 Nativitas Domini 002938
024v 10 Angelus ad pastores ait annuntio... L A 3 Nativitas Domini 7 001404
025r 1 Facta est cum angelo multitudo... L A 4 Nativitas Domini 7 002836
025r 2 Pastores dicite quidnam vidistis... L A 5 Nativitas Domini 8 004224
025r 3 Benedictus qui venit in nomine... L R Nativitas Domini 006250
025r 4 Deus dominus et illuxit nobis L V Nativitas Domini 006250a
025r 5 A solis ortus cardine* L H Nativitas Domini 008248
025r 6 Verbum caro factum est R. Et L W Nativitas Domini 008238
025r 7 Gloria in excelsis deo et in L A B Nativitas Domini 002946
025r 8 Quem vidistis pastores* P A Nativitas Domini 004455
025r 9 A solis ortus* P H Nativitas Domini 008248
025r 10 Genuit puerpera T A Nativitas Domini 002938
025r 11 Agnoscat omne* T H Nativitas Domini 008257