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This original vellum manuscript leaf is from a Spanish antiphonal. Antiphonals are service books that contain the sung portions of the cycle of daily devotions performed by members of the clergy and members of religious orders. The large size of both the Latin text and the neumes (musical notation) on this leaf indicates that it would have been performed by a choir. The clef sign locates the note F (F clef), and this example is in the Dorian mode, one of 8 church modes, or systems of pitch organization, in common use at that time. The text, used on various apostles' feast days, is taken from Matthew 19.
Cedarville University Archives and Special Collections
September 6, 2017
Single folio on vellum
550 x 395 mm. (21¾" x 15½")
Biblical Heritage Gallery, Cedarville University, Manuscript Leaf from Antiphonal, Latin circa 1550