Brief Description of the Manuscript
Index of Selected Images from the Manuscript
Links to Manuscript Descriptions in Table Format
Links to Brief Descriptions & Indices to Selected Images
MS 11, also known as Syracuse Gradual, or the Weiss Antiphoner
after donor Barbara Weiss, is an extremely large (55 x 39.5cm)
and well-used Dominican Gradual of Saints, probably originating
in Castile, Spain, and can be dated to the period of 1484-ca.1524.
It consists of 148 leaves (and 10 flyleaves), 156 which are parchment
and 2 paper leaves added at a later period. The text is in Latin
but marginal notations appear in Spanish. The text is in Gothic
script and the music is in Black Square Gregorian notation on
5-line red staves. Although the binding is not the original, it
is contemporary to or older than the main text. The boards are
covered with vellum, and the spine with suede, while clasps, corner
guards, bosses, and brass plates (added later) ornament the binding.
The MS , which is now a 1 volume Gradual of saints, probably was part of a complete Gradual which also included a Temporale. The text as it now appears includes the Sanctorale; commons of the apostles, martyrs, confessors, & virgins; and votive masses. The liturgy combines elements from the Mozarabic rite, Roman/Gregorian use, and the Dominican tradition. The chant represents a transitional stage between the original Gregorian tradition and the revisions of Humbert de Romans.
Artwork consists of decorative initials and marginal designs of varying degrees of ornamentation and uses abstract and geometric patterns and red and blue colors.
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f.3v, "Dominus secus mare galile..."
f.3v (alternate image), "Dominus secus mare galile..."
f.3v, detail of initial
f.55r, "In medio ecclesie aperuit..."
f.55r (alternate image), "In medio ecclesie aperuit..."
f.55r, detail of initial
f.81v, "Mihi autem nimis honrati sunt amici tuis..."
f.81v, detail of initial
f.145r, detail of initial
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