This study sets out to examine the Spanish part-song over a period of seventy-five years, from the earliest sources c. 1460 until 1535; a period which finds its focus in the abundant output of song during the reign of the "Catholic Monarchs", Ferdinand and Isabella (1479-1516).
Since the field was first laid open to the modern scholar by Higinio Anglés' pioneering work on the sources (published chiefly in Monumentos de la Música Española, vol. 1), the picture has been filled out by the archival research of Robert Stevenson (Spanish Music in the Age of Columbus, 1960), by the formal analysis of Isabel Pope ("The Musical and Metrical Form of the Villancico", Annales Musicologiques, II, 1954), by José Romeu Figueras' critical edition and commentary on the texts of the Cancionero musical de Palacio, the repertoire's principal source (MME, XIV 1-2, 1965), and, more recently, by my own presentation in collaboration with Roy Jones of the complete lyric poetry and music of Juan del Encina, the repertoire's principal composer (Juan del Encina: poesía lírica y cancionero musical, 1975).
The present study, which stands gratefully if not always uncritically on these foundations, sets out to view the repertoire as a whole and to make available for the first time all the Spanish songs in two important but neglected sources (Cancionero musical de Segovia and Cancionero musical de Barcelona). The study is made up of two volumes. Volume I deals with the sources, forms and styles of the repertoire and presents the musical transcriptions from the above-mentioned sources. Volume II is bibliographical, consisting of a biographical index of poets and composers and an annotated catalogue of all the known polyphonic songs with Spanish text or text-incipit c. 1460 to 1535.