Large Spanish Gregorian chant leaf, c. 1525

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The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,

and his tongue speaks what is just.”



Recto: Six lines of music written on parchment in square neumes on red-ruled four-line staves with a key signature. Rubrics in red.  The accompanying text is written in Latin in a refined gothic rotunda bookhand.  One illuminated initial - “L” - in blue with decorative red penwork.  See images below


Verso:  As Recto with two illuminated initials and a number CLXXIIII in the margin.


Source:  Probably Spain


Date:  Early part of the 16th century - c. 1525


Content:  The leaf includes part of the Gregorian chant Os Justi (The mouth of the righteous). The text is taken from two verses of Psalm 36 (KJV 37) and reads: Os justi meditabitur sapientiam: et lingua ejus loquetur judicium. Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius: et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus.  (The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. The law of his God is in his heart: and his feet do not falter.


Condition:  The Recto of this leaf is in very good condition with the expected minor browning & creasing, marking from page-turning and surface dirt. Verso has some ink loss, but the text  & music notation remains legible. The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 555x410mm. Text and music area : approx.  390x270 mm. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame. 

Packing & registered, insured post within Australia: $25.00.  Overseas destinations: ask for quote.


Notes:  Anton Bruckner composed a sacred motet using these words in 1879. 


Item No:  MMU 030

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