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Auction 190, Lot 701


"[Music]", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 14.2 inches
24.9 x 36.1 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.

This sheet is from an antiphonary written in four-line music in black and red ink with five large initials. The song translates in part as:

Lord, your eyes see what is in the hearts of men, and everything will be written in your book. Man sees in the face, but God in the heart. Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written


Condition: B+

Light soiling with some additional old manuscript notations.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $210

Closed on 11/16/2022