The Neume Notation Project

Example F: Neumed document with illuminated initial letter.

Manuscript document with large initial letter

Example of a manuscript page with large initial letter 'R' [Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS lat. 776]. The inital letters were often richly decorated. Evidence suggests that at least three monks would be involved in writing such a manuscript: an artist would create the initial letter, a scribe would write in the text, and a music notator would write the music notation.

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Credit: Image reproduced from Willi Apel, Gregorian Chant, (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1958), pl. V.

Last revision: 7 June 1998
Copyright (c) 1998, by Louis W. G. Barton