Echternach Sacramentary and Antiphonary

Hs. 1946 - Hessische Landes- und Hochschulbibliothek (Darmstadt, Germany)

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Echternacher Sakramentar und Antiphonar

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Echternacher Sakramentar und Antiphonar

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556 pages / 23.6 x 16.7 cm

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Around 1030
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The Echternach Sacramentary and Antiphonary is a forerunner of the Roman missal and a codex of tremendous artistic and musicologial value. This 11th century codex was made for Echternach Abbey and may have been produced there as well. The manuscript features Neume notation and is decorated with miniatures and decorative initials.

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A Gem of Music and Illumination

The arrangement of chants and prayers to be said by the priest in successive groups makes the Echternach Sacramentary and Antiphonary a forerunner of the Roman missal. It is considered a masterpiece of early German illumination due to it numerous miniatrues and splendid initials. In each table, the notated chants are set down one after the other, followed by the orations. The chants with their Neume notation are written in small script between the carefully executed letters. The rich ornamentation of both the script and the miniatures gives this manuscript extraordinary artistic value in addition to its great musicological worth. The manuscript was was written and illuminated ca. 1030 for Echternach Abbey, although a few styltistic features indicate that it may have originated in Echternach itself.

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