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I was transcribing this incredible 5-part piece (in fact, the only known piece) by the 14th-century composer Philippe Royllart, and decided to see what was known about him. Hey, Google! Among the hits:

"Get Philippe Royllart setlists - view them, share them, discuss them with other Philippe Royllart fans for free on setlist.fm!"

Yahoo! Music tells me with chagrin:
"No videos found for this artist... No upcoming concerts found for this artist..."
but helpfully offers to "Play Philippe Royllart artist radio"

Meanwhile, last.fm offers to "Send Philippe Royllart ringtones to cell".

Guess I'll have to actually stand up and walk to the other side of the room to look at the Groves Dictionary....

OK, so maybe it's not really a 5-part piece. One manuscript has three parts and another has four, overlapping by two. Which makes five parts in all, but it's not clear that they were ever all supposed to be performed together.

And after hours of Finale-work, I've managed to compress the 7-page edition from CMM down to a much more practical... 7 pages! It wasn't a total waste, though, as I also took out the bar lines and the ties so it looks a little cleaner and more like medieval notation.

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OK, so maybe it's not really a 5-part piece. One manuscript has three parts and another has four, overlapping by two. Which makes five parts in all, but it's not clear that they were ever all supposed to be performed together.

Perhaps not, but it sounded cool when Sonambula played it that way :-D
True, and it sounds cool when Finale plays it that way too.
Are there musicians' secrets for playing from a seven page edition? I've seen the two-music stand approach, and the "hope there is a good rest near a page turn" approach; are there other tricks?
Well, you can put all the odd-numbered pages on the left side of the stand, and all the even-numbered pages on the right side. That way you always have the duration of an entire page to find a rest long enough to move the previous page out of the way. This approach tends to leave pages of music scattered on the floor for about a six-foot radius around your chair... or more if it's breezy :-)