Aquitanian and Calixtine Polyphony (12c.)

This discography of twelfth-century polyphony was compiled with reference to the edition published by Theodore Karp (University of California Press, 1992). The discography consists of two parts. Aquitanian polyphony comprises the four manuscripts once held at the abbey of St. Martial and now identified as Paris, BnF lat. 3549; London, BL add. 36881; Paris, BnF lat. 3719; and Paris, BnF lat. 1139. Calixtine polyphony comprises the contemporaneous Codex Calixtinus, held at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The discography has been in progress for many years, an early survey of the Calixtine portion appearing in Fanfare for November 1986. It has now been formatted to match the Du Fay and Josquin des Prez discographies on this website. Within each part, the works are listed alphabetically and identified by the index numbers in the Karp edition. The recordings of each work are arranged chronologically, citing conductor, ensemble, date of recording if known, and timing if available. Following is the issued format (78, 45, 33, LP, MC, CD, SACD, DVD), the label, the issue number(s), album titles and track numbers.

Forty-six out of 71 Aquitanian titles have been recorded. All the Calixtine pieces have been recorded: the twenty usually counted (nos. 94-113); the Greek text of the alleluia listed separately below; the hymn In hac die laudes (no. 114) found among the monophonic chants earlier in the volume; and the hymn Ad honorem summi regis found at the end of the polyphonic group (fol. 191). Included also is the monophonic Dum pater familias (fol. 192) which follows next in the manuscript. The Gregorian chants in the Codex Calixtinus are indexed in Acknowledgment is due to Todd McComb’s website,, and Michael Gray’s website,, for details of some entries.

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PMMS Aquitanian Polyphony Discography May 2020 (opens PDF)

November 2016; revised January 2019; revised May 2020

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