This collection houses the first digitized copy of the Spanish Chant Manuscript, an exquisite collection of Gregorian chants, hymns and psalms. The complete volume of work contains 208 pages of music compiled by the Catholic Church. Though the exact date of publication is unknown, it is believed to have originated sometime between 1575 and 1625 in Logroño, Spain, and was commissioned by Don Francisco Vicento Gomez, a Catholic Church prior and university fellow. The collection is known as an antiphonary, meaning a liturgical book intended for choral use. Written in ecclesiastical Latin, the text is often quite decorative, featuring gold leaf and unique designs woven into the notation.
This manuscript can be found in UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (M2149.L32 S6 1575).