Guilielmus monachus’s “palmae contrapunctorum”

March 22nd, 2020


From De preceptis artis musice et pratice compendiosus libellus by Guilielmus monachus.

Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, manuscript Lat. Z 336, coll. 1581.


[36] Sequuntur palmae contrapunctorum.
[Here follow the palms of counterpoint.]

Incipiunt palmae contrapunctorum tam quadrati alti quam naturae altae:
[Here begin the palms of counterpoint both with high square ‘b’s as well as high naturals.]

G re 12 mi 13 sol 15
A ut 10 mi 12 [fa] 13 la 15
B re 10 fa 12 sol 13
C ut 8 mi 10 sol 12 la 13
D re 8 fa 10 la 12
E ut [6] mi 8 sol 10
F ut 5 re 6 fa 8 la 10
G re 5 mi 6 sol 8
A ut 3 mi 5 fa 6 la 8
B re 3 fa [5] sol 6
C ut unisonus mi 3 sol 5 la 6
D re unisonus fa 3 la 5
E ut 3 desuper mi unisonus sol 3
F re 3 desuper fa unisonus la 3
G ut 5 desuper mi 3 desuper sol unisonus
A ut 6 desuper re 5 desuper fa 3 desuper la unisonus
B re 6 desuper mi 5 desuper sol 3 desuper
C ut 8 desuper mi 6 desuper fa 5 desuper la 3 desuper
D re 8 desuper fa 6 desuper sol 5 desuper
E ut 10 desuper mi 8 desuper sol 6 desuper la 5 desuper
G ut 8 mi 10 sol 12 la 13
A re 8 fa 10 la 12
B ut 6 mi 8 sol 10
C ut 5 re 6 fa 8 la 10
D re 5 mi 6 sol 8
E ut 3 mi 5 fa 6 la 8
F re 3 fa 5 sol 6
G ut unisonus mi 3 sol 5 la 6
[37]
A re unisonus fa 3 la 5
B ut 3 desuper mi unisonus sol 3
C re 3 desuper fa unisonus la 3
D ut 5 desuper mi 3 desuper sol unisonus
E ut 6 desuper re 5 desuper fa 3 desuper la unisonus
F re 6 [desuper] mi 5 [desuper] sol 3 desuper
G ut [8] desuper mi 6 desuper fa 5 desuper la 3 [desuper]
A re 8 desuper fa 6 desuper sol 5 desuper
B ut 10 [desuper] mi 8 [desuper] sol 6 [desuper] la 5 desuper
C re 10 [desuper] fa 8 [desuper] la 6 [desuper]
D ut 12 [desuper] mi 10 [desuper] sol 6 desuper
E ut 13 [desuper] re 12 [desuper] fa 10 [desuper] la 8 desuper
G ut 15 mi 17 sol 19 la 20
A re 15 fa 17 la 19
B ut 13 mi 15 sol [17]
C ut 12 re 13 fa 15 la 17
D re 12 mi 13 sol 15
E ut 10 mi 12 fa 13 la 15
F re 10 fa 12 sol 13
G ut 8 mi 10 sol 12 la 13
A re 8 fa 10 la 12
B ut 6 mi 8 sol 10
C ut 5 re 6 fa 8 la 10
D re 5 [mi] 6 sol 8
E ut 3 mi 5 fa 6 la 8
F re 3 fa 5 sol 6
G ut unisonus mi 3 sol 5 la 6
A re unisonus fa 3 la 5
B ut 3 desuper mi unisonus sol 3
C re 3 desuper fa unisonus la 3
D ut 5 desuper mi 3 desuper sol unisonus
E ut 6 desuper re 5 desuper fa 3 desuper la unisonus

[38] Finis palmae contrapunctorum.
[Here end the palms of counterpoint.]


From the electronic version prepared by Stephen E. Hayes, Peter M. Lefferts, Bradley Jon Tucker, and Thomas J. Mathiesen for the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, 1992.

Source: Guilielmi monachi De preceptis artis musicae, ed. Albert Seay, Corpus scriptorum de musica, vol. 11 ([Rome]: American Institute of Musicology, 1965), 15–59.