Penn Library

Hidden in Plain Sight:
Musical Treasures in the Penn Library

Curated by Marjorie Hassen

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania


Manuscript, 17th century
Ms. Codex 140

Anthologia were service books containing Byzantine liturgical texts, often with neumatic notation, compiled either for private use or monastic communities. They typically contained the verses for the 8 octoechos (tones or modes) and stikhera from the great feasts of the liturgical year. This volume, likely compiled in the 17th century (the earliest such volumes date from ca. 1300), includes theoretical treatises on music and psalms for the office, all with musical notation.

The opening exhibited here displays a diagrammatic depiction of the relationship between the tones of the octoechos.

Table of Contents
Manuscript Collections:
Manuscript Collections:
Sheet Music
Conducting Scores
Music Manuscripts:
15th-18th Centuries
Music Manuscripts:
19th & 20th Centuries
Landmarks of Music Theory

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