Documents: 14

Sub-project: St. Gall's Music Manuscripts

October 2006 - May 2007

Status: Completed

Financed by: Ernst Göhner Foundation (http://www.ernst-goehner-stiftung.ch/)

Description: Among its many treasures, the Abbey Library of St. Gall holds the oldest complete surviving music manuscript (Cod. Sang. 359, dating from 920/30). We were able to digitize this item, together with thirteen additional music manuscripts, including elaborate liturgical manuscripts from the "Silver Age" and prepare them for presentation on the internet during the second project year, 2006, thanks to the generous financial support of the Ernst-Göhner-Stiftung.

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 231
Parchment · 378 pp. · 27 x 21.5 cm · St. Gall · around 880-890
Isidorus, Etymologiae, Books I-X

A careful copy of books I to X of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville († 636), written shortly before the year 900 in the monastery of St. Gall. This manuscript forms a unity with Cod. Sang. 232. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 338
Parchment · 798 pp. · 24.2 x 16 cm · St. Gall · around 1050-1060
Computus, Breviary, Gradual, Sacramentary

A collection of liturgical materials, containing computational texts and tables, a breviary with incipits of the spoken and chanted texts for the Mass for the principal feast days of Saints, a gradual with neumes and a sacramentary. Illustrated with several miniatures, executed in the monastery of St. Gall around 850. Between two sections, on page 304: Old High German confession and creed ("St. Galler Glauben und Beichte III"). (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 339
Parchment · II + 650 pp. · 34.2 x 17.8 cm · St. Gall · around 1000 / around 980
Calendar, Gradual, Sacramentary

Antiphonary, dating from around the year 1000, with Calendar and Gradual (written and provided with fine neumes probably by the monk Hartker), Ordo Missae and Sacramentary. An invaluable monument of music history. (smu)

Online Since: 06/12/2006

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 359
Parchment · 178 pp. · 28 x 12.5 cm · St. Gall · around 922-925
Cantatorium

The so-called "Cantatorium of St. Gall", the earliest complete extant musical manuscript in the world with neume notation. It contains the solo chants of the Mass and constitutes one of the main sources for the reconstruction of Gregorian chant. Written and provided with fine neumes in the monastery of St. Gall between 922 and 926. Bound in a wooden box with an ivory panel on the front cover, most likely Byzantine c. 500, depicting scenes from the fight of Dionysos against the Indians. The ivory panel was once the possession of Charlemagne. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 361
Parchment · 142 pp. · 29.5-30 x 19.5 cm · first half of the 12th century
Gradual

Gradual from St. Gall, dating from the first half of the 12th century. It contains the solo chants of the Mass, with finely executed neumes and some illuminated initials. Preceded by a Calendar with necrological notes from the monastery of St. Gall dating from between the 13th and 15th century and at the lower margins a catalogue of relics from the 14th century. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 374
Parchment · 845 pp. · 21 x 16 cm · St. Gall · middle of the 11th century
Gradual and lectionary with epistles and Gospels

Deluxe manuscript for the celebration of feast day masses in the monastery of St. Gall, written and illustrated with numerous initials around the middle of the 11th century. Contains a gradual with neumes and a Lectionary with the readings for the liturgical year. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 381
Parchment · 500 pp. · 14.5 x 11.5 cm · St. Gall · around 930
Versicularium, Hymnary, Tropary, Sequentiary

Versiculary, Hymnal, Tropary and Sequentiary from the monastery of St. Gall, written and provided with neumes around 930, possibly by a monk named Salomon. The small-sized, undecorated manuscript contains the St. Gall repertoire of the chants sung in the monastery and works by the monks Notker Balbulus, Tuotilo, Ratpert, Waltram and Ekkehart I. Counts among the foremost monuments worldwide in the history of early medieval music. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 382
Parchment · 270 pp. · 18-18.5 x 12.5-13 cm · St. Gall · 11th century (until ca. 1400)
Tropary, Versicularium, Sequentiary

An incompletely preserved musical manuscript from the 11th century, written in the monastery of St. Gall, with added supplementary leaves up to around 1400. Contains a Tropary, a Versiculary and a Sequentiary. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 383
Parchment · 176 pp. · 16.5-17 x 11.5 cm · Lausanne, probably in the cathedral of Lausanne · before 1250
Sequentiae. Hymni

Tropary and Sequentiary in point-like square notation with exceptionally fine monophonic and polyphonic music from the great repertoire of the school of Notre-Dame at Paris. Written before 1250 in Western Switzerland, probably at the Cathedral of Lausanne. Probably in St. Gall by 1300. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 388
Parchment · 498 pp. · 25-25.5 x 15.5-16 cm · St. Gall · 12th century, (additions until the late 14th century)
Antiphonary

Antiphonary from St. Gall for the liturgy of the divine office, as sung by St Gall monks, dating from the 12th century, with addenda until the late 14th century. Illustrated with several initials and (at the beginning) with a miniature of the crucified Christ with Mary and John. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 413
Parchment · 702 pp. · 25.8 x 17.5 cm · St. Gall · second quarter of the 11th century
Breviary (winter part)

Winter part (from the first Sunday in Advent to Holy Saturday) of a Breviary written in the monastery of St. Gall between 1034 and 1047 (with readings and chants for the liturgy of the divine office), with addenda until the 14th century. Prefaced by a Calendar and computational tables. The corresponding summer part of the Breviary can be found in Cod. Sang. 387. One of the oldest extant Breviaries from St. Gallen. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 414
Parchment · 666 pp. · 27.0 x 20.0 cm · St. Gall · around 1030 (additions until the 14th century)
Breviary (winter part)

Winter part (from the first Sunday in Advent to Holy Saturday) of a Breviary for the divine office, written around 1030 with addenda until the 14th century. Contains, in addition to a large Lectionary and Antiphonary, a Calendar and computational tables. One of the oldest extant Breviaries from St. Gall. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 484
Parchment · II + 323 pp. · 10 x 8 cm · St. Gall · first half of the 10th century
Tropary

Important musical manuscript in very small format containing the repertory of tropes, Ordinary chants and sequences in use around 930/940 in the monastery of St. Gall. With discrete texts and compositions by numerous St. St. Gall monks (Notker Balbulus, Tuotilo, Ratpert, Notker Physicus, Waltram and others). The manuscript was intended for the cantor who indicated the melody to the other singers. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 546
Paper · II + XXIX + 377 + I ff. · 41 x 27.5-28 cm · St. Gall · before the year 1507, Scarpatetti: 1507-1514
Joachim Cuontz: sequentiary of St. Gall / Troparion with "Hufnagelnotation"

Great collection of St. Gallen tropes and sequences by Father Joachim Cuontz († 1515), compiled for Abbot Franz Gaisberg (1504-1529) shortly before the beatification of the St Gall monk Notker Balbulus († 912) in the year of 1513. Important document of late medieval choral history. Many of the melodies are, for the first time in St. Gall, provided with musical notation on five staves. (smu)

Online Since: 05/24/2007

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