Codex Las Huelgas

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The Codex Las Huelgas or Codex Musical de Las Huelgas (E-BUlh) is a music manuscript or codex from c. 1300 which originated in and has remained in the Cistercian convent of Santa María La Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos, in northwestern Spain, then Castile. It was rediscovered in 1904 by two Benedictine monks. The manuscript is written on parchment, with the staves written in red ink with Franconian notation. The bulk of material is written in one hand, however as many as 12 people contributed to it, including corrections and later additions. The manuscript contains 45 monophonic pieces (20 sequences, 5 conductus, 10 Benedicamus tropes) and 141 polyphonic compositions, 1 of which doesn't have music. Most of the music dates from the late 13th century, with some music from the first half of the 13th century (Notre Dame repertory), and a few later additions from the first quarter of the 14th century.

Johannes Roderici (Johan Rodrigues) inscribed his name in a number of places in the manuscript. He may have composed a couple of the pieces in the manuscript, as well as being scribe, compiler, and corrector, according to his own inscriptions.

View the Wikipedia article on Codex Las Huelgas.

List of works

Classified according to index by Higinio Anglès and Roberto Pla.

Index Folio Title Voices Composer Remarks
  81   82 Belial vocatur diffusa calliditas 4 Anonymous
133 129v Iam nubes / Iam novum 3 Anonymous Tenor: Solem
141 127v Clama, ne cesses Syon filia - Alleluya 2 Anonymous Tenor: Alleluia