Psalms, Songs, and the Poesy of Antiphonarium Cisterciense
Post contributed by Ethan Heusser, SCARC Student Assistant
SCARC is fortunate to have in its possession a facsimile of Antiphonarium Cisterciense. Written in
Latin, the Antiphonarium is an
antiphonary, or a collection of psalms and antiphons in the style of Gregorian
Our Antiphonarium was
presented to OSU in 1968 by the Trappist Monks of the Abbey of Our Lord of
Guadalupe, a Cistercian order sequestered north of Salem. (The Cistercians
represent a Catholic enclosed religious order that operates with an emphasis on
silence, contemplation, and a close interpretation of the precepts of the Rule
of Saint Benedict.)
Though it was made in 1947, our profoundly large text contains
a detailed note on the 1903 edition, explaining its origins and offering
instructions on how to read the music; the chants use neumatic symbols on a
four-line staff, both of which predate the modern staff notation that is
commonplace today (Wikipedia).
By request for pesquetet who wanted images of medieval animals (particularly ones that do not reflect reality).
Our medieval manuscripts do not have as many figures so I am going to present you with our giant, wonderful, and odd manuscript Antiphonal from 1720 which is our best source of strange and wonderful creatures not reflecting reality. And sometimes smoking pipes.
Antiphonarium. Vel. (1720), 55 ff. (63 x 46 cm.). Written for a Spanish convent. Modern vellum binding (De Ricci 10)
Notes: 47:12 from Matins for the first Sunday in Advent; 47:13 from Matins for the feast of St. Andrew; 47:14 response for the first nocturn of Matins for Quinquagesima Sunday; 47:15 from Matins for the Second Sunday in Lent
Source: Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E M 047:12-15