Notation Study



In August 2018, I had the great pleasure of participating in a week-long workshop offered by Dr. Anna Zayaruznaya (Yale University) and Dr. Andrew Hicks (Cornell University) designed as an intensive study of early musical notation, and supported by the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. As a culminating event we sang together from the Mellon Chansonnier.


Yale University, New Haven

Italy, [between 1450 and 1500]. Manuscript on parchment of a collection of chansons. Written probably at the Aragonese court in Naples in the 1470's, perhaps as a wedding gift for Beatrice of Aragon, who married Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, in 1476. Beinecke Library MS 91.

Germany [between 1100 and 1200]. Manuscript on parchment of 1) St. Augustine (Aurelius Augustinus), Enarrationes in Psalmos 134-150. 2) First half of Ps.-Iohannes Chrysostomus, Sermo de martyribus. 3) Antiphons for the feast of the Conception of the Virgin (8 Dec.), with neumatic notation. Beinecke Library MS 699.

Milan [ca. 1300]. Antiphonary in Latin. Manuscript on parchment of 3 liturgical rolls, containing Ambrosian Rite Antiphons for Rogation Days, with musical notation. Beinecke Library MS 810.