The main source for the pieces in our program is the 14th-century “Codex 457” – a chant book with added polyphony, held at the University Library in Innsbruck [A-Iu 457]. Long believed to have been commissioned by the Carthusian monastery of Schnals in Tyrol (due to the note of ownership “Carthusia Snals” on the first folio), now considered only to have been kept there for some time, but to have been compiled and used at the cloister Neustift/Novacella (at least the section with musical notation)2. The manuscript contains numerous responsories, tropes, lessons, lamentations and cantiones representative for 14th century collections. Although mainly written in Gothic neumes, there are several additions in Ars Nova notation, and the monody mingles with polyphony, making it a fascinating source of late medieval music in western Austria.
The interpretation and style of Ensemble Peregrina, founded by Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett, is informed by the original source materials and treatises, as well as the latest musicological and historical research.