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Musical notation in the second half of the thirteenth century – a beginner’s course with Claudia Caffagni from la Reverdie.

Please note that the day of the week the course will run on was changed on the 12th of March, and that the dates will be set when the course is full.

Have you seen medieval musical manuscripts and wished you’d be able to dechiffer them; to use them in your singing and playing?

Now is your chance to learn of the musical notation in the second half of the 13th century – a time when a number of developments in the notation of music took place – from an experienced musician and teacher; Claudia Caffagni; lute player, singer, and more in the medieval music ensemble laReverdie, and teacher of medieval music notation and medieval music ensemble playing at the master program in medieval music at Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado in Milano.

You will learn of Pre-Franconian notation, of Franconian notation with the reading of the treatise Ars cantus mensurabilis by Franco of Cologne ( Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 842 (S.C. 2575), ff. 49r-59v), you will be reading from such sources as the Bamberg codex (Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, MS Lit. 115 (olim Ed.IV.6)), and the Montpellier codex (Montpellier, Faculté de Médicine MS H196), and possibly other parallel sources.

Prerequirements: The ability to read modern musical notation.

The course will be held on Zoom over four Thursday evenings between 6 and 8 p.m. There will be a meeting a month before the course starts so that Claudia Caffagni may tailor the course to fit the participants. The dates are not set yet. When the course is full the dates will be decided. They may be nonconsecutive since Claudia may have a concert booked for a Thursday evening.

When you register for the course please send an email to theowlandthelyre [at] gmail [dot] com and write what it is that interests you specifically about medieval notation, if you have any previous knowledge of it, and a bit about that knowledge if so.

You will need a way to transcribe music eventually. Claudia recommends Finale for those who are used to it, otherwise there is Musescore, which is free to download (https://musescore.org/en), and if you prefer to transcribe by hand and scan or photograph your transcriptions that is of course also possible. When you register please write how you plan to do the transcriptions in the email you send to theowlandthelyre [at] gmail [dot] com.

The cost of the course is 2250 SEK.

The number of participants will be restricted to 10.

The registration is binding, but if something happens so that you are not able to join the course I will issue a gift card for the amount of the course, or if you’d rather you may find someone to take your place.

Don’t hesitate to contact me at theowlandthelyre [at] gmail [dot] com should you have any questions concerning the course.

The picture shows a page of a facsimile of the Montpellier codex,  Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire Médecine de Montpellier. Public Domain

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