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Moosburger Graduale um 1360 Moosburg Cim. 100 (= 2° Cod. ms. 156)  Folio 433

Moosburger Graduale um 1360 Moosburg Cim. 100 (= 2° Cod. ms. 156) Folio 433

In Medieval music, the Guidonian hand was a mnemonic device used to assist singers in learning to sight-sing.

In Medieval music, the Guidonian hand was a mnemonic device used to assist singers in learning to sight-sing.

Gregorian chant is, of course, vocal music. The text, the phrases, words and eventually the syllables, can be sung in various ways. The most straightforward is recitation on the same tone, which is called syllabic as each syllable is sung to a single tone. Likewise, simple chants are often syllabic throughout with only a few instances where two or more notes are sung on one syllable.

Gregorian chant is, of course, vocal music. The text, the phrases, words and eventually the syllables, can be sung in various ways. The most straightforward is recitation on the same tone, which is called syllabic as each syllable is sung to a single tone. Likewise, simple chants are often syllabic throughout with only a few instances where two or more notes are sung on one syllable.

The Praetorius Scheitholt is a medieval musical instrument of the mountain zither family. An early illustration of this instrument was in Michael Praetorius' "

The Praetorius Scheitholt is a medieval musical instrument of the mountain zither family. An early illustration of this instrument was in Michael Praetorius' "

Circular song  Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the…

Circular song Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the…

British Library MS Yates Thompson 25, f. 1 Depiction of the resurrection in a historiated initial of a liturgical text with musical notation. It is not long until Easter, and its message of hope from despair.

British Library MS Yates Thompson 25, f. 1 Depiction of the resurrection in a historiated initial of a liturgical text with musical notation. It is not long until Easter, and its message of hope from despair.

13th century music manuscript. The black squares are the notes.  The staff is in red and only has four lines.  These notes show pitch but not rhythm or harmony.

13th century music manuscript. The black squares are the notes. The staff is in red and only has four lines. These notes show pitch but not rhythm or harmony.

The chanson Belle, bonne, sage by Baude Cordier, an Ars subtilior piece included in the Chantilly Codex

The chanson Belle, bonne, sage by Baude Cordier, an Ars subtilior piece included in the Chantilly Codex

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