Early Notation with Annette Bauer - 15th century music from MS Oxford Misc. 213
NOTATION SESSION 6 Wednesdays 5-6:15pm EST: October 20 & 27, November 3 & 10
This ongoing series of original notation classes introduces you to 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. After having spent the first few sessions in the 16th century, the sessions offered in the fall 2021 focus on the 15th century. In the upcoming 6th session we will continue to work with Oxford MS. Canon. Misc. 213, an important manuscript source of the early 15th century now held at Oxford Library.
You can read about the manuscript here and access image files:
This source contains over 300 compositions - both secular and religious - by 15th century composers such as Du Fay, Binchois, and their contemporaries. In addition to familiarizing ourselves with the visual qualities of this particular source, we will also study triple mensuration, review familiar mensurations, and practice ligatures and historical clefs. Each session includes a mini-topic focusing on a particular theory aspect of mensural notation or the sources we work with.
Sessions are 75 min in length and are held via zoom. Students are able to ask live questions during the sessions. Facsimile, handouts, and recordings will be provided to be used for your individual practice at home between sessions.
Open to all instrumentalists and singers, class pitch is 440. All levels welcome - basic abilities on your instrument/voice and basic music-reading skills are a prerequisite. This class is specifically geared towards students who already have at least completed the introductory notation class or have equivalent experience. If you don’t have any prior early notation experience at all but would still be interested in joining the class, please feel free to contact us.