Old Volume of Gregorian Chant: This 15th century volume was brought from Spain by an art collector, Frank Healy, and given to Father Sylvester Tucker, who was located at the St. Louis Cathedral at that time. The book, like others of its kind, was used in monastery and cathedral choirs throughout Christian Europe. Owing to the scarcity of books, it was placed on a revolving stand to bring it into view of the entire choir. The pages were made of real lamb skin -- all the printing, illustrations, and decorative work was done by hand. It contains the proper parts of the Mass. On the lower right hand corner of each page notice the "watchman." This is the first word of the following page, and it serves to preserve the continuity of the chant while turning the page. This book is on loan from the St. Louis Cathedral.
Richard C. Finke
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