The music of Guillaume Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) offers a wonderful opportunity to study the style, forms, and musical notation used in the ars nova in France. In particular, the manuscripts containing Machaut’s compositions are true works of art, carefully compiled - some possibly under direct supervision of the composer himself - and beautifully illuminated.
The second of two sessions on Machaut will feature movements from the Messe de Nostre Dame, which is the first complete polyphonic mass cycle composed in the history of European music, alongside a selection of his secular compositions..
The upcoming online notation sessions in 2022/2023 focus on music of the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, including an exploration of ars nova mensural notation, an introduction to the notation of the Italian trecento, and a look at the merging of these two distinct practices and musical styles at the turn of the fifteenth century. Prerequisite is the introductory class to mensural notation, or equivalent experience. (If you are not sure, please contact Annette: Click here to show mail address).