Chansonnier Cordiforme

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O rosa bella by John Bedyngham. Paris, BnF, Ms. Rothschild 2973 f°8v).

The Chansonnier Cordiforme (1470s) or Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu is a cordiform (heart-shaped) music manuscript, Collection Henri de Rothschild MS 2973, held in the Bibliothèque Nationale, in Paris, France. [1]

The manuscript was commissioned in Savoy between 1460 and 1477 by canon Jean de Montchenu, later Bishop of Agen (1477) and Bishop of Vivier (1478-1497). An edition was prepared by Geneviève Thibault de Chambure in 1952, and the complete manuscript was recorded by Anthony Rooley and the Consort of Musicke[2]


The chansonnier comprises 43 songs by Dufay, Binchois, Ockeghem, Busnoys and others including several unica.


  1. ^ The music of the Chansonnier Cordiforme Edward Leon Kottick 1963, 1974
  2. ^ Le Chansonnier Cordiforme 3LPs Decca L'Oiseau Lyre , 3CDs Decca Australian Eloquence 2009

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