This essay investigates the liturgical-musical codes of the Cathedral, the St. Francis Convent and the Monastery of St. Clare in Oristano (XI-XVII centuries), on the basis of an international critical approach and a new interdisciplinary and descriptive model. The manuscripts considered form part of the only collection of liturgy books illuminated with neums in Sardinia. The majority of codes and the iconography – 18 manuscripts and numerous fragments, c.a. 3,400 parchments, 159 illuminations – were unpublished, with the only exception of a inventory with wrong datations (Lucca, 1911). All of the liturgical and musical formularies, and the biblical references have been traced and collated with the main repertoires. This study also shows cross references with a historical analysis and a critical Glossary by the author, published in the same volume and edited by the author himself (a CDRom is included). Among the codes is the corpus ACO P. III-VIII, a monumental Antiphonary in 6 volumes produced in the Tuscan-Emilian area in the XIII4/4 century. This is one of the most important sources of the Roman-Franciscan ritual after the reformations of Haymo of Faversham (1244) and Nicholas III (1277-1280). Hundreds of its facsimiles, in colour, have been considered. A bibliography of 274 references provides the primary research tools in the area of liturgical-musical code analysis.
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