Original Antique Antiphonary Music Sheet, 17th Century, Item E
Original Antique Antiphonary Music Sheet, 17th Century, Item E.
This is an original printed paper music notation leaf known as antiphonary. These contain the musical score and latin chants used in religious choral chanting in the Roman faith. This would include the music known as Gregorian chants, which many people will be familiar with.
This sheet is of good size, enabling multiple choristers to view the music at once and beautifully printed, with some hand colouring, on handmade paper. A lovely example featuring an unusually good opening initial design.
It contains text in Latin and the 4 stave musical notation with square style notes of the time. The sheet is in double sided manuscript.
Exact origin is unknown, but 17th Century.
Provenance: Private French collection.
Approximately 49.2cm high x 29.5cm wide (19 inches x 11.6 inches).
Side 1 is entitled Proprium Sanctorum. Pars Aestiva. In Annuntiatione Dominica. Solemne Majus; Introitus de 1 in D. It carries a beautifully illuminated initial R with (presumed) hand colouring and 5 lines of musical notation. The area enclosing the R features images of a group of male figures and the figure of Christ (presumed) in a countryside setting.
Verso, it begins with a heading of Annuntiatio Dominica, followed by 8 lines of musical notation, broken by a printed red capital 'A'.
Condition is very good with minor flaws - slight water damage to top and bottom edges as can be seen in images, and a 2cm closed tear to lower edge, and minor nibble from lower left corner. 1 x 1.5cm paper repair to right hand edge. Carrying page numbers of 251 and 252.
This will be gently rolled and sent in a mailing tube.