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Connecticut USA, Private collections, D-0e78r

US-RiCTpc, D-0e78r
Four parchment fragments comprising approximately half a leaf from an antiphoner, probably from the early-thirteenth century, used in eighteenth-century book bindings. Possibly Cistercian. Square notation on a black four-line staff.
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This reconstructed parchment leaf contains four fragments that are part of a series of musical binding materials ("The Ridgefield Project"). The parchment was used to bind volumes of the "Histoire Ecclesiastique pour servir de continuation à celle de Monsieur l'Abbé Fleury" (Paris, Pierre-Jean Mariette, 1720-1730). (See

The parchment pieces found in the Ridgefield Project appear to be from a thirteenth-century antiphoner and gradual, both from an (as yet unidentified) Cistercian monastery, possibly in France or Belgium. This half folio, composed of four binding pieces ("Group B") from Volumes 14 and 22 of the Histoire, is from the antiphoner, and contains chants for Matins on the feast of Agatha.

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Fragmentarium: Cistercian antiphoner (Fragment), Ridgefield, CT, Private collection (

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The fragments in Connecticut USA, Private collections, D-0e78r were inventoried by Anna de Bakker (Dalhousie University) and proofread by Debra Lacoste (Dalhousie University).This item was contributed by the Ridgefield Fragments Project, a private collection of over 100 pieces of musical and textual manuscript recovered during restoration from the spines of 25 18th-century French books. The owner, who may be contacted via email at, expresses his thanks for the support of the DACT team and wider academic community.
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