Auction 101, Lot 558

"[Gradual Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1520 (circa)

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15 x 21 inches
38.1 x 53.3 cm

The origins of liturgical music traditionally date back to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604), who was inspired by the Holy Dove to record the principles of 'Gregorian' chant. The Gradual contained the musical parts of the Missal and was sung from the steps (gradus) of the altar. The Antiphoner contained the musical sections of the Breviary. These terms have become interchangeable in modern times. Because of their size and complexity, these manuscripts were still being handmade in the traditional way for centuries after the introduction of printing. They were boldly hand-written and illuminated on large sheets of sturdy vellum so that the entire choir could read from one book.

A fine vellum leaf from a Spanish manuscript containing six staves of five-line music. Written in a fine hand with black and red ink. Recto includes a large initial "S" decorated with a delicate blue design. This hymn was sung after Christmas until the first visit of the holy family to the temple.

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Condition: A

Normal slight discoloration.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $85

Closed on 12/4/2002

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