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The Origins of Western Notation

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Modern music notation developed out of the so-called square notation and this out of the Latin neumes. The question of where these neumes came from has long been the subject of scholarly debate. As the author demonstrated in his three-volume Universale Neumenkunde published in German in 1970, there is a very close relationship between the Paleo-Byzantine notation and the Latin neumes. Although the study aroused a great deal of dispute, more recent studies have revealed that the relevance of the Neumenkunde remains essentially unchallenged after 40 years. Those path-breaking research results on the relationship of the Greek and Latin notational systems are now available for the first time in a completely revised and augmented English translation.


Constantin Floros is a professor emeritus of musicology at the University of Hamburg and a prolific writer on diverse subjects. He was the first researcher who systematically examined, compared and decoded the oldest Byzantine, Slavic and Latin neumatic notations.
Neil K. Moran is the author of numerous studies on European cultural history in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. His books are of fundamental importance for those interested in the Ordinary chants of the Byzantine rite and for the iconography of church singers in the Middle Ages.

"(Floros') work, while not giving the last word in the domain of semiology, could today certainly again be the point of departure for productive developments, both in the domain of Byzantine music as well as in the area of Gregorian chant." (Luca Basilio Ricossa)


Contents: The Relationship between Byzantine and Latin Neumes - Classification of the Latin Neumes - Neumae Simplices, compositae, ornamental, semivocales - Litterae significativae - Names - The Origin of Latin chant Notation - Latin Dodekaechos.


Titel: The Origins of Western Notation
Untertitel: Revised and Translated by Neil Moran. With a Report on 'The Reception of the Universale Neumenkunde, 1970-2010'
EAN: 9783631615591
ISBN: 978-3-631-61559-1
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Lang, Peter GmbH
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 405
Gewicht: 655g
Größe: H216mm x B153mm x T26mm
Jahr: 2011
Auflage: Neuausg.