Antiphonal leaf from a Sanctorale containing chants for an unidentified martyr and All Saints' Day. Most probably of French provenance. MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT LEAF - 14th Century.
Antiphonal leaf from a Sanctorale containing chants for an unidentified martyr and All Saints' Day. Most probably of French provenance.

Antiphonal leaf from a Sanctorale containing chants for an unidentified martyr and All Saints' Day. Most probably of French provenance.

ca. 1300-1350. 1 leaf ca. 217 x 292 mm with textual area ca. 140 x 220 mm. On parchment.

In square notation on both sides of the leaf in two columns of 13 four-line staves each. In F and C clefs. Notation in black ink, staves in red, decorative capitals in red and blue, some with grotesques. Text in Gothic script with "e" height 2.5 mm. Small drawing to lower margin of verso incorporating a crown and face.

Recto:
[Matins]
Responsory: [Vir inclytus imma]nitatem tormentorum pervenit
Verse: Cujus intercessio nobis obtineat veniam
Responsory: Miles Christi gloriose. Jo [martyr unidentified]
Verse: Ut caelestis regni sedem valeamus
[Lauds]
Antiphon for Lauds: Qui me confessus feurit coram
Antiphon: Qui odit animam suam
Response for Sext: Posuisti domine super caput
Response for None: Magna est gloria

Verso:
Magnificat antiphon: Hic est vere martyr
[All Saints' First Nocturn]
Antiphon 1: Secus decursus aquartum plantavit vineam
Antiphon 2: Predicantes preceptum domini
Antiphon 3: Ecce merces sanctorum copiosa est
Responsory: Absterget deus omnem lacrimam
Verse: Lustorum anime in manu dei sunt

Slightly worn and soiled; occasional light marks and stains, none affecting music; small holes to margins; dark stain to right margin; small blue ink stain to recto, just affecting one letter.

From the Sanctorale of an Antiphoner, containing the chants for the Divine Office. The recto contains chants for a feast of a martyr "Jo" that we have been unable to identify. Due to the celebration prior to All Saints' Day, the list of possible candidates narrows greatly; one possibility is John of Autun, whose feast day of October 29 and location in eastern France corresponds with the present manuscript. Very little is known about him, however, and there is no evidence of liturgy in his honor surviving in the Diocese of Autun.

The presence of three antiphons for the first nocturn of Matins before the responsory indicates secular rather than monastic use.

We would like to thank Dr. Barbara Haggh-Huglo for her assistance in the cataloging of this manuscript. Item #31363

Price: $1,800.00  other currencies

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