Medieval Music as a Book Cover

This small book is covered with medieval music from the 14th or 15th century. The notation is recorded in neume on a four-line staff, a musical notation system of the medieval period used primarily in church and monastery settings. The text for this Gregorian chant is derived from portions of Psalm 26 (Latin Vulgate text):

Dominus illuminatio mea et salus mea: quem timebo?

(The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?)

Some of the text of the score was written over and “corrected” by a later owner of the book.

A recording of the chant can be found at

Dominus illuminatio mea - medieval music score as manuscript waste - front cover

Front cover


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Title page

Mean, Pierre de. Recueil des poincts marquez pour coustumes du Pays de LiegeA Liege : Chez Leonard Streel, imprimeur juré de son alteze serenissime, 1650.

The book enclosed by the musical score is a work on the customary law of the Liège province of Belgium. Customary law refers to customs or standards accepted in a particular place that have become binding over time.

Medieval Music as a Book Cover