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Antiphonarium abbreviatum pro Ordine Cartusiensi
Lugdunum [Lyon]: Apud Claudium Cayne. 1630. 16mo. (120 x 70 mm). Early vellum. 1f. (title with large woodcut vignette), 3-462 (breviarium), 463-75 (instructions on musical modes, with examples), 476-80 (for the deceased), [i] (errata list), [i] (blank) pp. Typeset. Printed in two colors: staff lines, initials, and words not to be sung in red; noteheads, clefs, accidentals, text underlay, and pagination in black. Use of colors for title and caption title (p. 3) follows aesthetic considerations only; errata list in black throughout. Text in Latin and Greek. "Abbreviatum" signifies that only the incipit (text and music) and, occasionally, the last word of each chant are given. In the Carthusian order, all chants are memorized. Thus, the present volume serves only as a prompt, not as an actual chant book. Slightly worn; edges soiled; minor tears to pp. 257-58 and more significantly to pp. 259- 60; small hole to pp. 255-56; rear endpapers stained. A very good copy overall. . WorldCat (3 copies: the British Library; the Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire, Fribourg, Switzerland; and Buonconsiglio, Italy); four additional copies located at the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della musica, Bologna; the Biblioteca comunale Planettiana, Jesi, Italy; the Biblioteca nacional, Lisbon; and the Russian State Library, Moscow. The Carthusian order, also called the Order of Saint Bruno, is a Roman Catholic religious order of enclosed monastics founded in 1084. "The Carthusian liturgy contains both monastic and canonical elements. The gradual bears an affinity to Grenoble and Lyons; the antiphoner to Cluny, Vienne and Lyons, possibly via Grenoble and St-Ruf... Carthusian service books have a multiplicity of vertical bars through the staves; these have been variously interpreted and today many are disregarded. As for melody, the medieval rule ‘una nota supra la …’ seems to have been freely applied from earliest times." "The monks had to learn their repertory by heart – a major reason for simplification. There was a weekly choir practice. The style of performance was sober; it was a monk’s duty ‘to lament rather than to sing’. The Statuta antiqua forbade ‘breaking, gushing with the voice and prolonged cadences’. Later prohibitions condemned all musical instruments, even organs and the monochord. Mary Berry in Grove online
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