Original leaf from a manuscript Spanish Antiphonal on animal parchment. (555 x 385mm – 21 7/8 x 15 1/8'')
The manuscript text and music (six lines of music on a five-line stave) were beautifully executed by hand over 450 years ago!!!
Spain, c. 1550. This Choirbook once belonged to the Convent of San Pedro Regalado de la Aguilera, and was likely scribed there.
One illuminated initial in red with blue penwork; one illuminated initial in blue with red penwork; one cadel (knot-work) initial.
This leaf continues the Common of a Martyr. The illuminated ''T'' begins: ''Tristitia...'' (Your sorrow, alleluia, Shall be turned into joy, alleluia, alleluia).
The knot-work "M" begins: ''Mundus...'' (The world shall rejoice: and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow: Shall be turned [into joy]).
Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers or the vigil of great feasts, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and compline.