GB-Lbl (London) Add MS 30846


Liber misticus (type of manuscript with chants, readings and prayers for the Old Hispanic cathedral cursus, i.e. for vespers, matutinum and mass, and, on penitential days only, also for the hours of tertia, sexta and nona) with material for Eastertide. Some of its folios are missing, including those that were at its beginning: it starts at the end of the mass for Easter Sunday. Previous authors (e.g. VIvancos, 2007) have proposed that this is a misticus made of two mistici, one using a column per page and another one using two columns per page. However, it is also possible that the two formats corresponded to two different scribes writing the same book, or two moments of production of the same book; moreover, there is a folio with texts written in both one-column and two-column layout (see e.g, f. 75v). This manuscript has musical notation (Old Hispanic vertical but already somewhat tilted towards the right, in a fashion similar to that of the Old Hispanic horizontal notation) in a few chants only (ff. 53r-54v) despite the fact that its chant texts were written leaving enough space to include the music. This misticus is one of the few that has sermons - it has a "sermo de cotididie" (sic, see ff. 132r-135v). After the misticus there is part of the passion of Saint Juliana, copied in what seems to have been the last folios of this misticus and thus originally left in blank (ff. 173r-v). It might have been added after the suppression of the Old Hispanic rite, since no Old Hispanic proper office or passion of this saint has surfaced.

Date: the fact that it seems to be an unfinished book suggests that it was copied near the time of the official suppression of the Old Hispanic rite (Council of Burgos, 1080), that is, around the second half of the eleventh century, before 1080. The fact that a passion of a saint (Juliana) that did not have an Old Hispanic proper office was added to its folios in blank also points to a liturgical observance that was no longer Old Hispanic. Despite this, only Vivancos (2007) and the British Library (2017) give as its copy-date the beginning of the eleventh century, while most authors date it as tenth century (Clark, 1920; García Villada, 1923; Millares Carlo, 1961 and 1999; Pinell, 1965; Brockett, 1968; Randel, 1973; Gómez Muntané, 2001; Asensio, 2003). Other dates are: tenth or eleventh century (Férotin, 1912; Rojo and Prado, 1929; Fernández de la Cuesta, 1980; González Barrionuevo, 1992); ff. 1r-172v, early-eleventh century, and ff. 173r-v, early-tenth century (Díaz y Díaz, 1983, these dates are debatable because the material in 173r-v was in all likelihood added after the production of the rest of the manuscript, as mentioned above). Walker (1998) dates it as eleventh century "probably significantly later than" GB-Lbl Add MSs 30844 and 30845 (which she dates as eleventh century)

Origin: this manuscript was at the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos until it was sold to UK owners in the nineteenth century, but it contains no proof of the place where it was copied. González Barrionuevo (1992) proposes that the little musical notation in this manuscript was added to it in the scriptorium of Silos.

Liturgical tradition: A.

Randel responsorial tone tradition: unknown because it lacks responsorial verses.

Add MS 30846
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


Asensio (2003)
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).
FERNÁNDEZ DE LA CUESTA, Ismael, 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. 842-70.
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).
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.
RANDEL, Don Michael, An Index to the Chant of the Mozarabic Rite (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1973).
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), p. 21.
VIVANCOS, Miguel C., Catálogo del Archivo del Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos (Santo Domingo de Silos: Junta de Castilla y León. Abadía de Silos, 2006), p. 304.
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: 12 Apr 2017 | Last update: 12 May 2021

Chants of the source

Displaying 1 - 64 of 64 chants.
Folio Incipit Feast Mode Cantus ID
136r 1 Dirigatur domine oratio nostra... V VPR Letanias Apostolicas * h01003
136r 2 Convertimini et expectate dominum... V ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h02757
136r 3 Attende popule meus V ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h02757a
136r 4 Convertimini ad me dicit dominus... V ALL Letanias Apostolicas * h01187
136r 5 Quaerite dominum et confortamini V ALLV Letanias Apostolicas * h01187a
136r 6 Telluris* V HYMN Letanias Apostolicas h03298
136v 1 Tu autem domine susceptor MH ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h01704
136v 2 Orate sacerdotes et plorate qui... MH ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h03299
136v 3 Summite psalmum MH ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h03299a
136v 4 Accingite vos sacerdotes cilicio... MH ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h02105
136v 5 Praeoccupemus faciem domini MH ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h02105a
136v 6 Proclamemus ad dominum deum... MH ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h03300
136v 7 Ad te levamus MH ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h03300a
136v 8 Venite exultemus MH ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h03300b
137r 1 Derelinquat impius vias suas et... MH RS Letanias Apostolicas * h02089
137r 2 Convertatur vir a via sua mala MH RSV Letanias Apostolicas * h02089a
137r 3 Domine miserere MH ANT C Letanias Apostolicas * h02891
137r 4 In tuo deus lumine MH MT Letanias Apostolicas * a03340
137r 5 In firmamento virtutis ejus... MH LDMT Letanias Apostolicas * h02984
137r 6 Nox MH HYMN Letanias Apostolicas * h03312
137r 7 Isti sunt dies consolationis... T RS Letanias Apostolicas * h02309
137v 1 Inter vestibulum et altare... T RSV Letanias Apostolicas * h02309a
137v 2 Domus Israel convertimini et agite... T ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h02957
137v 3 Audite haec omnes qui T ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h02957b
137v 4 Convertere Israel ad dominum deum... T ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h02754
138r 1 Attende popule meus T ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h02754b
138r 2 Convertimini peccatores et facite... T ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h02758
138r 3 Quaerite dominum et confortamini T ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h02758c
138r 4 Dicamus omnes miserere nobis deus... T PRCS Letanias Apostolicas * h03315
138r 5 Tu redemptor jesu Christe salvans... T PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03315a
138r 6 Qui cruci clavis confixus et aceto T PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03315b
138r 7 Qui pro nobis es percussus et T PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03315c
138r 8 Qui ligatus crucem portas et in T PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03315d
138r 9 Cujus latus perfudiant et... T PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03315e
140r 1 Converte nos deus ad te et S RS Letanias Apostolicas * h00018
140r 2 Converte nos deus salutaris noster... S RSV Letanias Apostolicas * h00018a
140r 3 Converte nos deus salvator noster... S ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h01478
140r 4 Deus tu convertens S ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h01478b
140v 1 Converte nos deus salutaris noster... S ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h02751
140v 2 Ad te levamus S ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h02751b
140v 3 Deus tu convertens vivificabis nos... S ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h02843
140v 4 Salvos nos S ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h02843c
140v 5 Ad te pie clamemus deus superat S PRCS Letanias Apostolicas * h03324
140v 6 Bone pastor moriens pro grege oves S PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03324a
140v 7 Circumdat nos jam undique plaga et S PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03324b
140v 8 Durum tempus et vicinam lactus non S PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03324c
140v 9 Ecce adest nobis signum tempus... S PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas * h03324d
140v 10 Fletus crescis gaudium defecit... S PRCSV Letanias Apostolicas - h03324e
141r 1 Benignitatis* S HYMN Letanias Apostolicas h03325
141v 1 Miserere domine miserere plebi... N ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h03326
141v 2 Ad te levamus N ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h03326a
141v 3 Miserere deus omnium quoniam omnia... N ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h01864
141v 4 Convertere N ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h01864a
141v 5 Miserere domine captivis miserere... N ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h03354
141v 6 Memento N ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h03354d
142r 1 Convertere aliquantulum domine N PSLM Letanias Apostolicas * h00084
142r 2 Et repropitiare super servos tuos N PSLMV Letanias Apostolicas * h00084a
143r 1 Confitemini domino quoniam bonus... N LDS Letanias Apostolicas * h00922
143r 2 Confitemini domino dominorum N LDSV Letanias Apostolicas * h00922a
143r 3 Sacrificium deo spiritum... N SCR Letanias Apostolicas * h00080
144r 1 Exaudi nos deus salvator noster V2 VPR Letanias Apostolicas * h01010
144r 2 Visita nos domine in salute tua V2 ANT Letanias Apostolicas * h03308
144r 3 Memento V2 ANTV Letanias Apostolicas * h03308a
144r 4 Caeli deus sanctissime V2 HYMN Letanias Apostolicas * h03356