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Re: Stem direction wrong for white mensural music?

From: Benkő Pál
Subject: Re: Stem direction wrong for white mensural music?
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:16:33 +0200

> > music _prints_ do use downward stems, what's more, it's not at all
> > systematical, see e.g. the example in
> >
> > so we are left to apply manual \stemUp's and \stemDown's
> > (I use a global \stemUp and hack closing longae to \stemDown).

> Thanks.  On the manuscripts I'm looking at, they're all up-stem.  I'm
> assuming the printed version is a later reworking of a manuscript?  Do you
> think the printers adopted more modern methods, or did downstems also creep
> into manuscript music?

They did, see e.g. codex Chigi from about 1500:
I haven't found down-stems in Lucca 238 (mid-15th century).
The Eton choirbook (black mensural notation from the late 15th century)
has some down-stems:


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