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Leaf from the Wilton Processional: Graduale (minor litanies)

@ University of Massachusetts, Amherst


In 2016, this leaf was identified by Alison Altstatt ('Re-membering the Wilton Processional,' Notes 72, 4 (2016): 690-732) as a remnant of the Wilton Processional, a manuscript assembled at Wilton Abbey in Wiltshire, a Benedictine convent and the "premiere women's school in England for over five hundred years." Ege description: "Graduals are the books containing the chants for the celebration of the mass. English manuscripts of this early date and small size are rare. This volume, with the uncertain strokes in the script, seems to indicate that the transcriber was unaccustomed to writing in this small scale. There are four and five line staves, and the 'F' and 'C' lines are indicated. Most of the various forms of written notes can be found on each leaf of this book. Those occurring more frequently are punctum (L. punctum, prick), a single note; virga (L. virga, rod), a square note with a thin line attached; podatus (L. pes, foot), two square notes, one above the other; climacus (L. climax, ladder), a virga note with two or more diamond shaped notes. There are other forms for particular nuances of expression. There are more than 2,300 chants which have come down to us from the Middle Ages. The majority of these, however, can be reduced to a relatively few melodic types--probably not exceeding fifty in all.Latin text in early angular Gothic script, square Gregorian notation.
Manuscripts (Document Genre)Manuscripts Vellum (Parchment)Graduals Gothic Scripts
Created Date:
1250 1320
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Otto F. Ege, "Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts", 12th-15th century

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