Gioseffo Zarlino in the Low Countries: A Copy of his Complete Works Owned by the Organist Abraham Verheyen († 1619)

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The article makes a contribution to the reception of the influential sixteenth-century music treatise Le istitutioni harmoniche by Gioseffo Zarlino in the Low Countries. Specifically, it brings to attention a recently identified copy of the 1588-9 edition of Zarlino’s complete works that once belonged to the organist Abraham Verheyen in Nijmegen, which is now at the Bibliothèque musicale François-Lang, Abbaye de Royaumont, France. It traces the provenance of the book and discusses various early annotations, its binding, and a series of underlinings of an early reader. Together these elements provide material for an eventual reception history of Zarlino’s writings.

Gioseffo Zarlino in the Low Countries: A Copy of his Complete Works Owned by the Organist Abraham Verheyen († 1619)

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See Henri Vanhulst‘La musique dans le “Catalogue des livres françois” de Cornelis Claesz (Amsterdam, 1609)’Revue belge de musicologie / Belgisch tijdschrift voor muziekwetenschap44 (1990) pp. 57-77 and D.F. Scheurleer ‘Een catalogus van den Amsterdamschen boekhandelaar Hendrik Laurentius van 1647’ Tijdschrift der Vereeniging voor Noord-Nederland’s Muziekgeschiedenis 6 (1899) pp. 140-3.

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See D. Luijmes‘Organisten van de Nijmeegse Stevenskerk’Het orgel91 (1995) 206-11. The end of Verheyen’s tenure is erroneously dated 1621.

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C. Kramm‘Orgels, organisten en carillonneurs’Bouwstenen1 (1869-72) pp. 53-69 p. 64: ‘ten tijde dat Mr. Abraham Verheyden organist tot Nimwegen in plaats van Mr. Jan Philipss zaliger tot organist en clocksteller alhier is aangenomen’.

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Schevichaven op. cit. (n. 16) p. 116.

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Ibid. p. 295. Possibly the books were sold to the book dealer Heinrich Meyer in Erfurt who had bought books from the library before and a year earlier acted as intermediary between the ducal library and Sotheby’s in London in relation to an auction of incunables (see the relevant correspondence at fbg ms Chart. A.2119/i).

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See H.A. Bruinsma‘The Organ Controversy in the Netherlands Reformation to 1640’Journal of the American Musicological Society7 (1954) pp. 205-12 and J.R. Luth ‘Gemeindegesang in den Niederlanden im 16. Jahrhundert’ in: Der Genfer Psalter und seine Rezeption in Deutschland ed. J.R. Luth E. Grunewald and H.P. Jürgens (Tübingen 2004) pp. 421-34.

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    The Hague, Royal Library, ms k.a. xl vii, top part of f. 676r. The beginning of Abraham Verheyen’s letter to Simon Stevin.
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    Title-page of L’istitutioni harmoniche from the opera omnia edition (Venezia 1588). Royaumont, Bibliothèque musicale François-Lang, c.iv.9.
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    Library stamp of the ducal library in Gotha on the verso of the title-page.
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    The verso of the front free endleaf.
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    Early annotations at the top of the front pastedown.
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    An early price indication on the verso of the front free endleaf (see also Fig. 3).
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    Verheyen’s signature and motto on the verso of the front free endleaf.
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    The Hague, Royal Library, ms k.a. xl vii, f. 677v. The salutation and Verheyen’s signature at the close of his letter to Stevin.
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    The Hague, Royal Library, ms k.a. xl vii. The words ‘Orgel’ ( f. 675r), ‘Oock’ ( f. 676r), and ‘naevolgende’ ( f. 675r) from Verheyen’s writings to Stevin.
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    Gioseffo Zarlino, De tutte l’opere (Venezia 1588-9), binding of the copy in Royaumont, Bibliothèque musicale François-Lang, c.iv.9.
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    The watermark of the front free endleaf (back-lit natural light photograph). Maximum width and hight of the mark 35 × 78 mm. The distance between the chain lines varies between c.24-26 mm.

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