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Auction 114, Lot 719

"[Antiphonal Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1520 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 25 inches
41.9 x 63.5 cm
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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 nice vellum leaf containing six staves of five-line music. Written in a fine hand with black, red, and blue ink. Recto includes two initials, one decorated in blue and red with beautiful pen work.


Condition: A

Some ink smudges, else fine.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $110

Closed on 3/1/2006