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Antoine Busnoys, In mijnen sijn

Peter Woetmann Christoffersen, ‘The restoration of Antoine Busnoys’ four-part Flemish song “In mijnen sijn”: An experiment in sound, imitation technique, and the setting of a popular tune’, Danish Musicology Online, Vol. 2 (2011), pp. 21-51 (PDF 1,3 Mb, including the three versions of the song; these are also available in separate editions – links below)

Important aspects of my discussion of Busnoys’ “In mijnen sijn” are most adequately represented by the musical editions appended to this article. They include separate editions of the song’s only two complete sources, which date from the first decade of the 16th century. For anybody who wants to perform the song, these sources raise some thorny questions about how to understand the music. The editions include my attempt to answer these questions by means of a restoration of “In mijnen sijn”. The process of restoration highlights some issues of importance to our perception of the development of compositional practice in the second part of the fifteenth century. These issues concern the extent and meaning of the roles of key signatures, strict canon techniques and the development of polyphonic settings of popular songs. Furthermore, in my opinion this Flemish song has not received the attention it deserves from musicology.

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Article on the restoration, p. 21

Edition A: Antoine Busnoys, “In mijnen sijn” restored, p. 40 (PDF, separate edition)

Edition B: Antoine Busnoys, “In myne zynn” after Florence, Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini, MS Basevi 2439, p. 44 (PDF, separate edition)

Edition C: Antoine Busnoys, “Le second jour d’avril” after Canti C, O. Petrucci, Venezia 1504, p. 48 (PDF, separate edition)