The Glorious Antiphonal ExhibitionThe State Library of South Australia's official 1998 Adelaide Festival of Arts exhibition highlights one of the Library's most beautiful treasures. The Antiphonal, its history and the story of its conservation will delight and inspire you. The Antiphonal will be on view to the public between February 6 and April 26 in the State Library of South Australia's Exhibition Space. The most highly prized item in the State Library of South Australia's fascinating, Rare Books Collection - The Antiphonal - has been described as the "ancient star" of the 1998 Adelaide Festival of Arts. Viewers will be taken on a journey across 600 years and half the globe, with a work of sacred art that joins two worlds.
The 13th century, illuminated, music manuscript book, created in a central Italian monastery, was acquired for the Collection in 1945 by the Friends of the State Library.
Over the last five years the State Library has, with the assistance of Artlab, combined traditional craft with the latest in technology to painstakingly restore this beautiful book of Gregorian chant for posterity.
While the 180 leaves were individually restored on a flat surface
using vellum and stereoscopic technology, the Library also took
the opportunity to create high quality, photographic images of
each page. Those images have been digitised and can now be
shared with the world via the Internet.
The exhibition will tell the original story and explain the meaning of The Antiphonal, including its creation and daily performance by the monastic choir; reveal the skills and processes of its contemporary conservation; and allow viewers to 'turn' each precious page of the manuscript in virtual reality on a dedicated computer in the exhibition.
At the heart of the exhibition will be the "ancient star"
in all its glory.
The Internet site:
The site contains over 730 pages. One series of 359 contain images
of individual pages of the Antiphonal combined with a transcription
of the original Latin whilst another series of 359 provide images
and an English translation of the text. Additional pages provide
such information as the history and perceived highlights of the
Transcription & Translation Pages
The authors of the site have tried to follow the textural colouring
and layout as far as was feasible. Actual text is coloured black
whilst instructions are red and author's notes are blue.
transcription page has a file designator of orig[number].htm form,
with orig1.htm being page 1 of the transcription. Translation
pages have a similar designator with trans1.htm being the translation
for page 1, therefore if a particular page is sought, please type the appropriate file number into your browser's location field. From within the transcription or translation sections it is possible to navigate forward or backwards one
page or from transcription to translation page, by means of the
appropriate button or link.
The site is under continuous development and now includes a multi-media presentation of the choir performance.
Multi-Media Presentation Digital Files