Original leaf from a printed 17th century Gregorian chant in two colors on fine hand made paper. Latin text with black hufnagel music (named for the notes resemblance to horseshoe-nails) on a black five-line stave. (530 x 390mm – 21 x 15 3/8’’)
From an Antiphonal produced and published in 1667 by Christopher Kuchler in Mainz, Germany.
Five large initials in red, or black and white surrounded by a black and white floral design.
This leaf continues The Feast of the Holy Trinity. Line one begins: “Deus noster…” God, our God, has blessed us and the ends of the earth revere him. O God, be gracious and bless us. Til the ends. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit).
The large red “T” begins: “Te invocamus…” (We call to you, we adore you, we praise you, O blessed Trinity).
The large red “S” begins: “Spes nostra…” (Our hope, our salvation, our glory, O blessed Trinity).
The large red “L” begins: “Libera…” (Set us free, save us, sanctify us, O blessed Trinity).
The large red “Q” begins: “Quis…” (Who is the great God like our God? Thou art the God that dost wonders. Thou hast made thy power known among nations).
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. They were used by priests, monks and nuns in churches and religious enclaves. The large size allowed them to be seen by multiple members of a choral section.