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Mozarts Studien / [Franz Jacob Freystädtler]: MU.MS.608

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Mozarts Studien / [Franz Jacob Freystädtler]
Freystädtler-Studien. Selections
Caption from f. 2r: Contrapunctum floridum


Composer: Freystädtler, Franz Jacob
Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Binder (person): Cockerell Bindery



1 ms. score (3 leaves) ; 27 x 35 cm.

A sequence of exercises in species counterpoint in 3 and 4 voices, forming pages [87]-[92] of the collection of studies by Franz Jakob Freystädtler when studying with Mozart. The arabic numbers define the cantus firmus (melody), the Roman numbers identify the version. There are six cantus firmus melodies ("N. 1"-"N. 6"), each with three exercises in 3 parts, and four exercises in 4 parts. In each version has the cantus firmus melody is in a different voice (1st, 2nd, 3rd (4th)). There are additional 3-part exercises for "N. 3"; the first two 4-part exercises for "N.1" and the last two for "N. 4" are missing, as are the 4-part exercises for "N. 5" & "N. 6".
The content suggests that Leaf 2 should precede Leaf 1, and that the sequence has the title "Contrapunctum floridum".
Manuscript probably in the hand of Franz Jacob Freystädtler, not holograph Mozart.
Paper: 12 staves (190x255mm); watermark: three crescent moons ; countermark "VA" below crown. (Tyson WM Nr. 95).
Former shelf mark: Music Box I (19)
Received unbound. Bound in quarter green morocco with marbled paper sides and vellum tips [by S. Cockerell.]
1.1.1 V N. 1 C C-3 1D/F/E/D/G/F/A/G/F/E/0D//
2.1.1 V N. 2 C F-4 c 1'E/C/D/C/,A/'A/G/E/F/0E//
3.1.1 V N. 3 F F-4 c 1,F/G/A/F/D/E/F/'C/,A/F/G/0F//
4.1.1 V N. 4 C F-4 c 1,G/'C/,B/G/'C/E/D/G/E/C/D/,B/A/0G//
5.1.1 V N. 5 a F-4 c 1,A/'C/,B/'D/C/E/F/E/C/,B/0A//
6.1.1 V N. 6 C F-4 c 1'C/E/F/G/E/A/G/E/F/E/D/0C//

Leaf 2 recto, numbered in top right corner "150": caption: "Contrapunctum floridum" : eight exercises in 3 parts in two columns of four, the columns numbered "N.1" and "N. 2", the versions numbered in the margin: "I", "II", "III", and "N. 3 I" [followed by 3 II] -- 2 verso: Four examples in 3 parts, numbered "[N. 3] III", "N. 4 [I, II & III], the last crossed out.
Leaf 1recto: "Zu N 13⁰ ..." : four exercises in 3 part, numbered "N. 3" [version V], "N. 5", "N. 6 I" & "II" -- 1 verso: "Zu N. 14⁰ ..." : four exercises in 3 parts, all on cantus firmus "N. 3", and the third unfinished and crossed out.
Leaf 3 recto, numbered in top right corner "180" : Six exercises in 4 parts in two columns, the first system has [N. 1 III & IV], the second system is numbered "N. 2" and is followed by versions [I- IV] -- 3 verso: six exercises in 4 parts in two columns, Numbered "N. 3 I", "II", "III", "IV", "N. 4 I", "II".


History note: With slip of paper: "Exercises in Harmony. Autograph of W.A. Mozart. Property of the late F.X. Jelinek, Curator of the Mozarteum at Salzburg"

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Henderson, James Stewart


Production date: AD 1787 : [Austria], [1787?]

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Accession number: MU.MS.608
Primary reference Number: 300293
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Created: Wednesday 7 July 2021 Updated: Tuesday 23 August 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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