Antiphonal Leaf c 1612 - Gregorian Chant Exultation of Cross


Original leaf from a manuscript Spanish Antiphonal on animal parchment. (600 x 400mm – 23 ¾ x 15 ¾’’)  The manuscript text and music (seven lines of music on a red five-line stave) were beautifully executed by hand in black ink with rubrics in red nk over 400 years ago!!!  

Seville, 1612 - Signed and dated by the scribe on the frontis “Simon Rodriguez Caravallo…en la ciudad de Sevilla, Anno domine 1612”.  

One illuminated initial in red; two elaborate knot-work (cadel) initials.

This leaf continues the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. The knot-work “P” begins: “Propter quod et deus…” (Therefore God exalted Him and gave Him a name which is above all names).

The illuminated “A” begins “Alleluia”.

The knot-work “D” begins: “Dulce lignum dulces clavos…” (Sweet wood, sweet nails bearing sweet weights…).

As is usual with Medieval and Renaissance parchment, the hair side of the leaf is darker than the flesh side, but may take ink somewhat better.  The differences in tone caused scribes to arrange their quires so that the hair side of one sheet faced the hair side of the next, and the flesh side faced the flesh side. This leaf is in nice condition for its age, showing the customary signs of use. 

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.

Shipped unmatted

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