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c. 1160 Breviary leaf, including music notation in neumes. Office for "The Holy Innocents".
1160. A FRAGMENT FROM A NOTED BREVIARY AS USED IN SOUTHERN GERMANY ALMOST 900 YEARS AGO WITH A HOMILY BY SAINT BEDE. VERSO: Text in Latin written in black ink in two columns on parchment. A fine mid-12th century proto-gothic script in two sizes, ruled in red and rubrics in red. The Verso is decorated with three initials of various sizes in bright red. 16 lines include music notation in neumes on four-line staves. (see Notes). Where words of the chant are split to relate to the melody of the neumes, the parts are connected by red lines. RECTO: As Verso with four decorated initials in red and a part of another. A further twelve lines with music notation. SOURCE: Probably Southern Germany. DATE: mid-12th century, c. 1150 - 70. CONTENT: The text is from the Mass for The Holy Innocents (24h December). The red initial 'P' on Verso begins a homily by Saint Peter Chrysologos (see Notes): "Praemesit ergo Christus suos milites, non amisit; recepit suas acies, non reliquit. Beati qui labores in requiem, in refrigerium dolores, moerores in gaudium communtarunt sempiterne. Vivunt vivunt qui vere vivunt qui pro Christo merentur occidi ". Then follows the liturgical chant: "Isti sunt sancti qui non inquinaverunt vestimenta sua; Ambulabunt mecum in albis, quia digni sunt. Hi sunt qui cum mulieribus non sunt coinquinati virgines enim sunt". (They are holy which have not defiled their garments: and they shall walk with me in white, because they are worthy. These are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins.) The red initial 'D' at the top of the right column begins Homily 3 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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