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Auction 99, Lot 593

"[Processional Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Manuscript Music

Period: 1400 (circa)



3.8 x 5 inches
9.7 x 12.7 cm

A small sheet of vellum from a Processional. Both sides are neatly written with seven staves of four-line music in black ink with red initials. The book containing the principal music sung by the choir during the Divine Office was called an Antiphoner or Gradual. This very large book was boldly written so that several people could see the text at the same time. In processions smaller books were used for each member of the procession. To keep these books small only the first word, or sentence of a hymn were given. So when the singer saw "De profundis" he knew they must sing Psalm 129. The text of this leaf sings the praise of the Virgin Mary.


Condition: A

Minor soils at corners.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $85

Closed on 6/12/2002