Broaden your understanding of musical notation in the past few centuries
Music is all around us: we listen to it while we are on our way to work, when preparing lunch or even while showering. Most people know that music has its own script – the notation. But seldom are they aware of the long tradition of this notation system.
In this course, we’ll travel back in time and explore musical notations from the Middle Ages. We will show you how to decode and transcribe early notational systems. And we will discuss the challenges and principles of music notation, referring to semiotic approaches and visual theory.
What topics will you cover?
Music manuscripts and notations and their evolution through history.
Decoding and transcription of early notational systems.
The challenges and principles of music notation, referring to semiotic approaches and visual theory.
Different strategies for music visualization.
Analysis of ancient music performances provided by musicians of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Explore medieval music manuscripts and learn how to read them.
- Reflect on the relation between music and music notation.
- Develop an understanding of how to decode and transcribe early notational systems.
- Investigate in recordings of ancient music performances.
- Debate the evolution of music notation through history.
- Discuss the challenges and principles of music notation, referring to semiotic approaches and visual theory.
- Compare different strategies of music visualization.
- Improve your understanding of today’s music through the music of earlier times.
Who is the course for?
This course is intended for professional and nonprofessional musicians interested in musical paleography and its history, as well as undergraduate students of musicology, historians, philologists, theologians, art historians, and semioticians. The only requirement is that you know how to read modern musical notation
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Last updated November 12, 2017