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CESEM/NOVA FCSH Summer Course- Repertoires and Musical Notation in Iberian Manuscripts (10th – 16th cent.)

August 31 - September 4

Music Paleography Summer Course 2020: Repertoires and Musical Notation in Iberian Manuscripts (10th – 16th cent.)

Data: 31 Ago a 4 Set

Schedule: 10h00 – 13h00 / 14h30 – 16h30

Duration: 25h | 2 ECTS

Teacher: Elsa De Luca

The goal of this course is to provide the essential knowledge to identify and describe the main types of musical manuscripts produced in the Iberian Peninsula between the tenth and the sixteenth centuries. The students will gain familiarity with, and experience of reading primary sources of Iberian medieval music. They will look closely at, analyse and transcribe some medieval notations. By the end of the course they will be able to comment critically, using the correct terminology, medieval and early modern musical manuscripts.

This is an in-person course and it will be taught in Portuguese.

Image available in: Biblioteca Virtual Patrimonio Bibliografico


ALVARENGA, João Pedro d’, “Breves notas sobre a representação do meio-tom nos manuscritos litúrgicos medievais portugueses, ou o mito da «notação portuguesa»”, in Medieval Sacred Chant: from Japan to Portugal, pp. 202-19.

FERREIRA, Manuel Pedro, Antologia de Música em Portugal na Idade Média e no Renascimento [2 vols. com 2 CDs] (Arte das Musas/Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical, 2009).

HILEY, David, ‘Notation’, in Western Plainchant – A Handbook (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1993), pp. 340-401.

HUGHES, Andrew, Medieval Manuscripts for Mass and Office: A Guide to their Organization and Terminology (Toronto etc. University of Toronto Press, 1982).

RANKIN, Susan, Writing Sounds in Carolingian Europe: The Invention of Musical Notation (Cambridge University Press, 2018).


PHOTO CREDIT: This image comes from the early tenth century ‘León Antiphoner’ (E-L MS 8). A full-digital reproduction of the manuscript is available for consultation at https://bvpb.mcu.es/es/catalogo_imagenes/grupo.cmd?path=26408


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