The owl & the lyre

Musical notation in the second half of the thirteenth century – an advanced course With Claudia Caffagni from La Reverdie.

Please note the change as of the 12th of March: The dates the course will run on will be set once it’s full.

Do you already have some knowledge of medieval musical notation; especially from the second half of the 13th century including the developments in the musical notation? Do you know of Pre-Franconian notation and Franconian notation? Do you feel this is not enough and want to delve deeper into the subject?

Now you may do so from the comfort of your home with 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 – and a group of likeminded people who just as you already have some prior knowledge of medieval music notation.

You will deepen your knowledge in the above mentioned subjects by studying Franco of Cologne’s treatise Ars cantus mensurabilis (Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 842 (S.C. 2575), ff. 49r-59v, the Bamberg codex (Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, MS Lit. 115 (olim Ed.IV.6)), and the Montpellier codex (Montpellier, Faculté de Médicine MS H196), possibly other parallel sources, and also as a group chose a music manuscript to study in depth under Claudia Caffagni’s guidance.


  • Ability to read gregorian chant notation.
  • Familiarity with moving clefs
  • Familiarity with Pre-Franconian and Franconian notation.

The course will be held on Zoom over four Thursday evenings between 6 and 8 p.m. after the beginners’ course. 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, and about your previous knowledge of it.

You will need a way to transcribe music. Claudia recommends Finale for those who are used to it, otherwise there is Musescore, which is free to download (, 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 is of a folio from the Bamberg codex, Msc.Lit.115, Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, CC BY-SA 4.0

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