Thursday, September 25, 2008

1871 Graduale - Going to the CMAA

Yesterday I posted on the New Liturgical Movement blog comments that I had an old Graduale I was trying to get rid of. The reason being is that this thing is a treasure and honestly I have no experience or know how in taking care of old books. Also, it would quickly become unusable were it to be taken out and looked or sung from on a regular basis. It is that fragile.

There are a few interesting tidbits in the book. For instance there is a section in the beginning on how to read the bar lines, and it is a little different than what we have now from the 20th Century. For instance, it appears this edition made use of the "repeat signs" so often found in modern notation.

I did however find a ribbon still attached in the book a few months ago, and I was relatively shocked that it was still there and in tact.

Regardless, I have decided to send this away for scanning and public use for the Church Music Association of America. Hopefully it can be studied by numerous musicians and churchmen and who knows maybe even republished some day from the very PDF which comes from it. That I think would be the absolutely best way to keep this book from being lost to a dust bin 30 years from now, which is frankly where it is heading.

Before I send it out in the next few days however I would like to share some pictures from it so everyone can see exactly what we are dealing with. The Graduale is old but in great shape. The binding is still tight but the pages are beginning to flake away.

The title page. It is written on.


The Alleluia proper for this upcoming Sunday, the 20th after Pentecost

Here you can see a great example of the quality of the work done on the printing. This Graduale was meant to be as beautiful as it was functional.

Here is the spine with Pius IX's Coat of Arms.

1 comment:

lvschant said...

What a wonderful gift you are making to the Sacred Music world! Thank you, thank you!


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