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Abbey of St. Gall
Abbey of St. Gall
Klosterhof 6d
St. Gall
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Anyone interested in medieval liturgical music will not want to miss the collection of music manuscripts kept at St. Gall, the home of Notker Balbulus. There the neume notation was brought to perfection, an early medieval system of musical notation and the first in which the complete range of Gregorian chant melodies was written down. 


The annual exhibition presents books and pamphlets from the 6th to the 18th century on music theory, on music as a mathematical science, the key system and the art of conducting. Also on show are some four-part vocal pieces written by the Italian composer Manfred Barbarini Lupus in 1562, Renaissance songbooks with sacred and secular compositions, manuscripts of the St. Gall cathedral organist Fridolin Sicher (1490-1546), a richly decorated antiphonary and a transcription of a Mozart symphony.