Musical War Booty

Musical war booty was taken by the Swedish army at the same time as they took books, primarily from the Jesuit College in Braunsberg - nowadays known as Braniewo - and from the Prince-Bishop Library in Mainz.

An example of musical war booty. Music by Homerus Herpol printed1565 [ 218-222]

This musical war booty contains, with a few exceptions, of music prints from the latter half of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century. It consists mainly of part books of ecclesiastical and profane vocal music.

One of the imprints, presumably a war booty, is "Cancionero de Uppsala" (Villancicos de diversos autores, Venice 1556), which is an important source for Spanish vocal music from this period and it is also of linguistic and literary interest for scholars.

Mitjana, Rafael & Davidsson, Åke, Catalogue critique et descriptif des imprimés de musique des XVIe et XVIIe siècles, conservés à la bibliothèque de l’Université Royale d’Upsala. Uppsala, 1911, 1951.

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