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Auction 187, Lot 721

"[Music]", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1480 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 15.9 inches
28.7 x 40.4 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 lovely vellum sheet with beautiful manuscript, four-line music from a medieval antiphonal or choir missal. The sheet has a superb decorative capital "S" in delicately filigreed blue, red, green and pink ink that extends into the border.


Condition: B+

Light soiling. The verso is a bit darker, but it appears to be a natural variation in the vellum.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $325

Closed on 4/27/2022