Institute for Greek and Latin
University of Copenhagen
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Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae
Collection of Microfilms and Photographs

The MMB microfilm collection contains more than 680 items. It is intended for use by scholars attached to MMB, the institute, visiting scholars and advanced graduate students who have chosen Byzantine chant as a subject for research.

The access to so many sources in one place is extremely helpful when studying the different genres of Byzantine chant or the multiple readings of one specific chant.

The inventory (which serves as a key to the collection) is placed here at the disposal of colleagues in accordance with the aims of the International Musicological Society Study Group Cantus Planus, which promotes cooperation in computer-assisted projects and the exchange of data in electronic form.

The inventory is primarily intended as a tool for identification of sources containing specific repertoires of Byzantine Chant in the initial research phase. Therefore, a number of references to already existing descriptions are included whenever they present more detailed data on the sources than this inventory (see Bibliography).

Codicological matters such as materials, state of preservation, sizes, number of lines, rulings etc. are generally not considered.


An old card file was the point of departure for the project. It needed updating, and systematic search on the collection was not easy. By conversion into a computerized inventory, invaluable pieces of information, stored through the years in this card index and in a number of notebooks by Carsten Høeg, Jørgen Raasted, Christian Thodberg and Sysse Engberg, have been made more accessible. The project was initiated in 1992 and made financially possible through a grant form Carlsbergfondet.

This is an on-going project. I have not yet succeeded to 'level' the amount of information held by each record. Some manuscript groups, eg. the Anthologiai and a number of classical Sticheraria, have been more extensively and carefully described than others - but the degree of accuracy will appear from each record itself.

I am in great debt to Jørgen Raasted (1927 - 1995), director of the MMB (1993 - 1995), who supported this project from the beginning. He put his personal notes on Byzantine musical manuscripts at my disposal, and I could freely draw on his enormous knowledge on the musical manuscripts. I also want here to express my thanks to Bjarne Schartau for his advice and help in matters of the later Byzantine musical tradition and Greek paleography. Likewise, Sysse Engberg has generously checked the information on the Prophetologia.

Christian Troelsgård

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