Join AEM Online for a mini-course with Annette Bauer on Early Notation for Beginners!
Four Wednesdays starting on January 20
5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (2:00 Pacific)
January 20, January 27, February 3, and February 10.
75 minute classes, 90 minutes for the introductory first session.
4 classes for $100, Introductory Session only $25
Are you curious about the origins of our Western modern notation system? How was music written down in the 16th century? Would you like to know how to differentiate longa, breve, semibreve, and minim? Are you up for a fun challenge playing from historical clefs? And what about those ligatures?
There is no time like the present to dip your toes (and fingers) into the wonderful world of original notation, specifically mensural notation, the system primarily used during the 14th-16th centuries. Being able to read from the original greatly enhances our understanding of how the music we love works and can give new insights for our performance practice. One might compare this process to how reading a work of literature in its original language reveals a world of nuances hidden in even the best of translations.
Sign up for this introductory early notation class of four weekly sessions starting January 20!
The first session on January 20 (90 min) can be taken separately and will cover an overview of the historical development of notation, and how it came to be the basis for our modern notation system.
Following sessions on January 27, February 3 and 10 (75 min) will be focused on reading and playing practice. We will work from an easily accessible 16th century source. The class will take baby steps, and Annette will be available to answer all of your questions! Music and recordings will be provided and can be used for your individual practice at home between sessions.
Open to all instruments and singers. All levels welcome - basic abilities on your instrument/voice and basic music-reading skills are a prerequisite.
top right: Machaut 14th century
left: Perotin 12th century
right: Squarcialupi Manuscript 14th century