Original leaf from a printed 17th century Gregorian chant in two colors on fine hand made paper. Latin text with black hufnagel music (named for the resemblance to horseshoe-nail) on a black five-line stave. (490 x 330mm – 19.25 x 13’’)
Two large initials surrounded by a black and white floral design; three large initials printed in red.
From a Gradual (Graduale Missali Romano) produced and published by Christopher Kuchler in 1671 at Mainz, Germany.
This leaf begins Passion Sunday. The large “E” begins part of Psalm 142 (King James 143) 9-10): “Eripe me…” (Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, to thee have I fled; teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God.).
The large red “L” begins: “Liberator…” (Thou, O Lord, art my deliverer from the enraged Gentiles: thou wilt put me out of the reach of those that wilt assault me; and thou wilt rescue me from the unrighteous man).
The “S” begins: “Saepe ex pugnaverunt...” (They have often attacked me from my youth).
The large red “D” begins: “Dicat nunc…” (Let Israel now say: They have often attacked me from my youth…).
Graduals contain the musical chants for the proper of the Mass: introits, graduals, tracts, alleluia, offertory and communion verses, and sequences for special feasts. They may also include chants for the ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and for the introductory ‘asperges’ rite.