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The Music Division of the Library of Congress announces a new online
presentation of 10th-16th century liturgical chants available at:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.loc.gov_collections_tenth-2Dto-2Dsixteenth-2Dcentury-2Dliturgical-2Dchants_about-2Dthis-2Dcollection_&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=PHu0YcldevQqIedM86l0iexbqE-AeZLl-lupNToNx6I&m=4cuV42OsCsGlYa4_6qmP52doE9GHvTIAsMzyzOQ7Qmc&s=LVEGmSR_2_qR1JypLOS0tHWDQqegB5yx16UoeUEGa-c&e= 

About this collection:

The acquisition of medieval liturgical chant manuscripts that trace the
history of music notation as it evolved over half a millennium, became a
major collection priority in the Music Division beginning in the 1920s. One
century later, we are fortunate to feature in this digital presentation
over fifty of our chant manuscripts (e.g., antiphonaries, graduals,
processionals, etc.) containing music intended for use during the rituals
of the Roman Catholic Mass and Divine Office.

Chronologically, these rare primary sources span a period of great
paleographical change from the tenth through seventeenth centuries: from
poorly executed fragments to exquisitely crafted codices, these materials
range in format and size from single leaves to entire books – both
pocket-sized and immense choirbooks measuring over three feet tall.

Their musical contents document the creation and development of the
modern-day staff from one to five staff lines, the introduction of clefs,
the use of staffless (chironomic) and heightened (diastemic) neumes and
eventually black square notation, and so much more. Most visually alluring
are the skillfully crafted bindings of leather, brass and wood used to
encase the gatherings of thick vellum leaves that periodically reveal
breathtaking illuminated initials. These unique treasures present a
valuable cross-section of liturgical chants copied in diverse regions
throughout Europe – from a 10th-century Swiss monastery in St. Gall to a
12th-century Cistercian abbey in Lower Austria to a 16th century Spanish
Cathedral.


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