the-antiphon

A pair of black-capped donacobius call to affirm their territory. Top bird nerd fact for the day- this type of singing is known as an antiphonal duet - a behaviour few birds are capable of where two individuals or groups sing alternately at speed with great precision! Unfortunately I wasn’t recording sound! Filmed in the southern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!

Stunning fragment from a 15th century Italian antiphonary. Begins an antiphon that appears to be for Vespers of Easter Sunday, “Crucifixus surrexit tertia die …;” Psalms 109-112, recited at Vespers on Sunday, follow the antiphon.

Figurative Decoration: historiated initial, full border with miniatures

Source: Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department,  Lewis E M 074:16

THE VOICE OF MAGDALENE || [8TRACKS] [PLAYMOSS] [SPOTIFY

A newly re-edited playlist of mine featuring music composed and performed by women in the medieval era. The mix contains both religious and secular music from Western Europe, Armenia, Byzantium, and Al-Andalus. All pieces date between the 8th and 15th centuries.

Zarmani e Ints  |  Khosrovidukht (8th Century)
Avgoustou Monarchisantos  |  Kassia (810-865)
O Vis Aeternitatis  |  Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
Mout M'abelist Quant le Voi  |  Maroie de Dregnau de Lille (13th Century)
Kharjas: Non Me Mordas Ya Habibi  |  Andalusian Anon. (13th Century)
Sol Oritur Occasus Nescius  |  Herrad of Landsberg (1130-1198)
A Chantar M’er de So Qu'eu no Volria  |  Comtessa de Dia (1140-1212)
Saltarello: “La Regina”  |  Italian Anon. (14th Century)
Amours, ou Trop Tart me Sui Pris  |  Attributed to Blanche of Castile (1188-1252)
Na Maria  |  Bieiris de Romans (early 13th Century)
Conductus: Ave Maris Stella  |  From the “Las Huelgas Codex” (13th Century)
Kharjas: Adir la-na Akwab  |  Andalusian Anon. (13th Century)
Si'us Qu'er Conselh Bela Amia Alamanda  |  Giraut de Bornelh (1138-1215) and
 Alamanda de Castelnau (1160?-1223)
Mout Avetz Fach  |  Castelloza (early 13th Century)
Deuil Angoisseus  |  Christine de Pizan (1364-1430) and Giles Binchois (1400-1460)
Antiphon: Caritas Habundant in Omnia  |  Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
Mon Chevalier, mon Gracieux Servant  |  Christine de Pizan (1364-1430) 

Image: Sculpture of Mary Magdalene by Gregor Ernhart (c.1502), The Louvre.

With the Lenten season upon us, I’ll be breaking up photosets to focus on specific holy days.

This post contains a leaf from a 15th century Italian antiphonal with a large historiated initial depicting Christ’s entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday).

Source: Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library,  BANC MS UCB 059

Antiquity Reading List

ANE:

Babylonian:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Flood
The Epic of Creation
 

Prophets of Israel:
The Old Testament

Hebrew Apocrypha:
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
The Life of Adam and Eve
Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan
The Book of Enoch (1 Enoch)
The Secrets of Enoch (2 Enoch)

Hellenic:

Homer:
Illiad
Odyssey

Hesiod:
Works and Days
Theogony
Shield of Achilles

Pindar:
Hymns / Odes

Herodotus (5th c. BC):
Histories

Thucydides (5th c. BC):
Peloponnesian War

Physikoi (Fragments) (7th - 4th c. BC)
Thales
Anaximander
Anaximenes
Xenophanes
Heraclitus
Pythagoras
Parmenides
Zeno of Elea
Empedocles
Philoaus and Pythagoreanism
Anaxagoras
Archaelaus
Melissus
Leucippus & Democritis
Diogenes of Apollonia
Sophists (Fragments) (5th c. BC)
Protagoras
Gorgias
Prodicus
Hippias
Antiphon
Thrasymachus
Euthydemus & Dionysodorus


Plato (All dialogues) (5th  - 4th c. BC):
Lysis
Laches
Charmides
Protagoras
Hippias Major
Hippias Minor
Gorgias
Meno
Euthyphro
Apology
Crito
Symposium
Phaedrus
Republic
Phaedo
Cratylus
Ion
Euthydemus
Menexenus
Parmenides
Theatetus
Sophist
Statesman
Philebus
Timaeus
Critias
Laws


Aristotle (4th c. BC):
Categories
On Interpretation
Prior Analytics
Posterior Analytics
Physics
On the Heavens
On Generation and Corruption
On the Soul
On Memory and Reminiscence
On Dreams
On Prophesying by Dreams
Metaphysics
Nicomachean Ethics
Politics
Rhetoric
Poetics

Euclid (4th - 3rd c. BC)
Elements

Jewish (various)  (3rd c. BC)
Septuagint - ‘Apocrypha’

Roman:

Virgil (1st c. BC):
Aeneid

Lucretius (1st c. BC)
On the Nature of Things

Tacitus (1st c.):
Annals & Histories
Germania
Agricola

Pliny the Elder (1st c.):
Natural History

Epictetus (1st - 2nd c.)
Discourses
The Handbook

Marcus Aurelius (3rd c.):
Meditations

Diogenes Laertius:
Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Zosimos of Panopolis (3rd - 4th c.):
Cheirokmeta
Concerning the true Book of Sophe, the Egyptian, and of the Divine Master of the Hebrews and the Sabaoth Powers

Fragment from an Italian antiphoner dated 1512.

Artist: Giovanni Battista Cavalletto and his son Scipione Cavalletto, in the style of.

Figurative Decoration: Large illuminated initial on fol. 100r in the design of a classical vase; very large historiated initial on fol. 1r (about 105 mm. square) showing the Annunciation, within an elaborate classical surround and with full illuminated border including classical vases and birds (very cropped).

Other Decoration: Rubrics in red, some calligraphic initials with decorative penwork including human profiles, etc.; large and small initials throughout in alternating blue with purple penwork and red with blue penwork.

Source: Bloomington, Indiana University, Bloomington, Lilly Library at Indiana University,  Poole 17

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A beautiful example of a 14th century antiphonal from Tuscany.

Script: Formal gothic liturgical book hand.
Artist: Niccolò di ser Sozzo
Music: Square notation on 4-line red staves.
Figurative Decoration: Four historiated initials.
Other Decoration: Painted and flourished initials.

Contains the common of saints, and the feasts of Corpus Christi, the translation of Francis (25 May), and Anthony of Padua (13 June).

Source: New York, Columbia University, Barnard College Library,  MS 1

Alternatively, Together: Chapter 37: Antiphon

Excerpt:

“Cassian!” Jyn shouted, wrapping her arms around his waist, hauling him back to his feet.

He cried out again as the planet shuddered, hands pressed to his temples, taking them both back to the ground.

“Luke!” Jyn demanded, “Help him!”

“I can’t,” Luke gasped, sinking to his knees, “He’s too strong!”

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Chapter text here.

Notes after the jump.

Keep reading

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel;
qui aperis, et nemo claudit;
claudis, et nemo aperit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

V - essays in the antiphonal

I am yours
Like that chess
Piece which you
Took from the
Grandmistress’s
Board when she
Visited your dacha.
Queen. You grasp
Secretly. Like lost
Love under water.

O Oriens (December 21)
O Oriens (December 21)

O Óriens splendor lucis æternæ, et sol iustítiæ: veni, et illúmina sedéntes in ténebris, et umbra mortis

O Day-Spring, brightness of the everlasting Light, Sun of Righteousness, come, to give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death!

V - essays in the antiphonal

I have that book.
With Socrates and
Plato as messages.
I left my photograph
Under a cover in an
Exhibit in the Bodleian.
It was my way of saying:
I am not in a cave.
I can be saved by art
And connectivity.