Paleography of Music (MCGY3627)

UNIT OF STUDY

Paleography of Music introduces principles and issues of some different types of western musical notation in use during the medieval and Renaissance periods, and contributes to the development of an understanding of original sources of music of these eras. Through studying original notations and sources, students can develop an understanding of the characteristics and problems of medieval and renaissance musical repertories not otherwise available. Students will transcribe from the original notations studied into modern musical notation. Among the notations to be studied are several chant notations including that of the musical sources of Hildegard of Bingen; white mensural notation as used in sources of fifteenth and sixteenth vocal polyphony with examples likely to include music by Dufay, Ockeghem and Byrd; French and Italian lute tablatures; and German keyboard tablatures.

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Classes

One 2-hour seminar/week

Assessment

Assignments (50%); 2-hour examination (50%).

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

MCGY2611 or with permission of the coordinator

Assumed knowledge: Knowledge of current musical notation is essential.

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