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 blue with intricate red penwork; two large cadel (knot-work) initials.
This leaf continues the Common of Many Martyrs. The knot-work ''I'' begins: ''Isti sunt...'' (These are they who have come out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb).
The knot-work ''G'' begins ''Gloria...'' (Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit). The illuminated ''D'' begins: ''Dabo Sanctis...'' (I will give to my saints an honored place in the kingdom of my Father, says the Lord).
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.