choir book

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A book containing the words and music for the chants sung during the celebration of Mass or the Divine Office. There were two main types of choir book: the gradual, which contains all the chants sung by the choir during the celebration of the Mass, and the antiphonary (or antiphonal), which contains the chants sung during the celebration of the Divine Office. Elaborately decorated, large choir books were produced during the late Gothic period, with particularly sumptuous examples being made in Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries.

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/choirbooks/ Illustrated exhibition of illuminated choir books on J. Paul Getty Museum website.

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