This new edition of the Musica of Hermannus Contractus (or Herman of Reichenau) is very welcome. Ellinwood’s original edition was published in 1936, superseding that of Gerbert (and one by Wilhelm Brambach for Teubner in 1884), and has been the main resource for musicological comment on Herman since then. Its immediate catalyst was the acquisition in 1929 by the Sibley Music Library of Rochester University of a twelfth-century theory manuscript containing this work among much else, unknown to either Gerbert or Brambach, and now catalogued as MS 92/1100. (It is one of two important such manuscripts acquired by the Sibley library, the other being the former Admont codex, now catalogued as MS 92/1200.)

The sole manuscript known to Gerbert and Brambach was Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 51, also known as Cpv 51. Since Ellinwood’s day a third manuscript,...

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