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Paleography of Music - MCGY3627

Year - 2020

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. Among the notations to be studied are likely to be several chant notations including that of the musical sources of Hildegard of Bingen; white mensural notation as used in sources of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century vocal polyphony with examples likely to include music by Dufay, Ockeghem and Byrd; French and Italian lute tablatures; and German keyboard tablatures. Understanding the notations studied forms the main emphasis of this course, and students learn to read and transcribe from the original notations into modern musical notation. In addition, there may be a class project focussed on chant manuscripts in Sydney.

Assignments and in-class assessments (50%); 2-hour examination (50%).

Additional information
If prerequisite not met, you may apply for special permission.

Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of current musical notation is essential.




Faculty: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Musicology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Professor Kathleen Nelson
HECS Band: 1
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