Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 22 January 2020

Antiphoner [antiphonal, antiphonary] (from Lat. antiphona; antiphonarius [liber], antiphonarium, antiphonale)locked

  • Michel Huglo
  • , revised by David Hiley


[antiphonal, antiphonary] (from Lat. antiphona; antiphonarius [liber], antiphonarium, antiphonale)

Liturgical book of the Western Church containing the antiphons and other choir chants sung at the services of the Divine Office .

Although the word antiphona as a term for a liturgical chant can be traced back to the 3rd century, the term antiphonarius (rarely also antiphonale – see below) for a book of chants first appears in the 8th century. In his Dialogus ecclesiasticae institutionis Archbishop Egbert of York (d 766) refers to an ‘antiphonarium’ and even ‘antiphonaria’ of Gregory the Great (d 604), which he had seen in Rome in the 730s ( PL , lxxxix, 440–42). The term was also used in Carolingian library catalogues from the end of the 8th century:Catalogue from St Wandrille de Fontenelle in Normandy, compiled between 787 and 806 (‘antiphonarii romanae ecclesiae’; G. Becker: Catalogi bibliothecarum antiqui, Bonn, 1885/R, §4, no.21);Catalogue from St Riquier in Picardy, in 831 (‘antiphonarii sex’: ibid., §11, no.238);Catalogue from Cologne, in the 9th century (ibid., §16, nos.7, 18, 33);Catalogue from St Gallen in the mid-9th century (‘antiphonarii III et veteres II’; ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.

Montserrat, Abadía
Carpentras, Bibliothèque Municipale (Inguimbertine)
Journal of the Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society
Benevento, Biblioteca Capitolare
Udine, Duomo, Archivio Capitolare [in I-UDs]
Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale
Metz, Médiathèque
Monumenta Germaniae historica
Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine
Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Dept of Manuscripts and Printed Books
Albi, Bibliothèque Municipale
Muzikološki zbornik
Prague, Národní Knihovna, Hudenbí Oddělení
Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, sezione Musicale
Rome, Curia Generalizia dei Domenicani (S Sabina), Biblioteca
Amiens, Bibliothèque Municipale
Cambridge, University Library
Utrecht, Universiteit Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Aberystwyth, Llyfryell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales
Istanbul, Topkapi Sarayi Müzesi
Revue de musicologie
Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek
Verona, Biblioteca Capitolare
Muzïkal 'nïy sovremennik
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Parker Library
Dijon, Bibliothèque Municipale
Kirchenmusikalisches Jahrbuch
Valenciennes, Bibliothèque Municipale
Assisi, Biblioteca Comunale [in I-Af]
Oxford, Bodleian Library
Silos, Abadía de S Domingo, Archivo
Rome, Biblioteca Vallicelliana
Salisbury, Cathedral Library
Munich, Franziskanerkloster St Anna, Bibliothek
Zürich, Zentralbibliothek
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Heiligenkreuz, Zisterzienserkloster
Durham, Cathedral Church, Dean and Chapter Library
Grenoble, Bibliothèque Municipale
Chartres, Bibliothèque Municipale
St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Handschriftenabteilung
Salzburg, Erzabtei St Peter, Musikarchiv
Monza, Parrocchia di S Giovanni Battista, Biblioteca Capitolare
Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys Library
Lyons, Bibliothèque Municipale
Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare
London, British Library
Ivrea, Cattedrale, Biblioteca Capitolare
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek
Aachen, Domarchiv (Stiftsarchiv)
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Klosterneuburg, Augustiner-Chorherrenstift, Stiftsbibliothek
Paléographie musicale
Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
Plauen, Stadtkirche St Johannis, Pfarrarchiv
Worcester, Cathedral Library
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Lucca, Biblioteca Capitolare Feliniana e Biblioteca Arcivescovile
Etudes grégoriennes
Toledo, Catedral, Archivo y Biblioteca Capítulares
Graz, Universitätsbibliothek
Corpus antiphonalium officii (Rome, 1963-79)
Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale Albert 1er/Koninlijke Bibliotheek Albert I, Section de la Musique
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Patrologiae cursus completus, i: Series latina, ed.
Das Erbe deutscher Musik
Nuremberg, Germanisches National-Museum, Bibliothek
Milan, Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Biblioteca
Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III
Piacenza, Basilica di S Antonino, Biblioteca e Archivio Capitolari