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Data entry: Peter M. Lefferts
Checked by: Peter Slemon
Approved by: Peter M. Lefferts

Author: Anonymous
Title: On colors in music
Source: Ronald Woodley, John Tucke: A Case Study in Early Tudor Music Theory (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), 68, 72, 74 (even pages only). By permission of Oxford University Press.

[-68-] 1. [Marginal note: Nota bene] Rede to blacke ys sequealtra, as thus: [Lr,L]. The blake long contenyzth as much as the rede and halfe as much more, wherfor that must nedes be betwen the sesquealtra, et est diapente in sonis. Yelow to blake ys superseptipartiens nonas or 16 ad 9, et continet in sonis bis diatessaron. Blew to blake ys sesquetercia, sicut 4 ad 3, et in sonis uocatur diatessaron. Grene to blake ys sesqueoctaua, et est in sonis tonus. Fild red to fild blake, and voyd red to voyd blake ys alway sesquealtra, as ys [Lr,L] and ys [Lrv,Lv]. Voyd blake to fild blake, or voyd red to fild rede, ys alway dupla. Voyd rede to fild [to f cancelled] blake ys tripla. Voyd blake to fild [MS: voyd] rede ys sesquetercia.

2. Colors requesyt to musical proporsyons byeth thes: blake, grene, blew, rede, yelow. Colores in ordine sunt isti: blake, grene, yelwe, blewe, rede, sangwyn, purpull. Grene to blake and red to blew ys proportio sesqueoctaua. Item blew to blake and yelwe to blew ys proporcio sesquetercia. Item red to blake ys sesquealtra. Item rede to grene sesquetercia. Item rede to blew sesqueoctona [recte: sesquioctaua].

[material in Latin]

[-72-] 5. Blacke full ys perfet of the more. Blacke voyde ys perfet of the lesse. Red full ys imperfet of the more. Red voyde ys imperfet of the lesse. Red full to blacke full ys sesqealtera 3|2|. Red voyde to blacke full ys tripla. Blacke voyde to blacke full ys dupla. Red voyde to blacke voyde ys [-74-] sesquealtera. Red full to blacke voyde ys subsesquetercia [MS: sesquetercia]. Red voyde to red full ys dupla. Blacke voyde to red full ys sesquetercia. Blacke full to red full ys subsesquealtera [MS: sesquealtera]. Blacke full to red voyde ys subtripla. Blacke full to blacke voyde is subdupla.

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