Palaeography of European music (mensural notation and tabulatures)

Course Information
TitleΠαλαιογραφία ευρωπαϊκής μουσικής (μετρική σημειογραφία και ταμπουλατούρες) / Palaeography of European music (mensural notation and tabulatures)
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID160000233

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students should have: • adapt the basic knowledge of the various stages of the development of the notation of Western music • been familiarised with the reading and the transcription of earlier notations into modern notation • understand the interrelation between musical creation and musical notation • develop critical skills in order to offer solutions when problems appear in primary musical sources
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
Examination of the basic types of early notation of Western from the 9th to the 16th century. Syllabus topics: • Intervallic – phonetic notation • Neumatic notation • Square notation • Modal notation • Franconian notation • Petronian notation • White mensural notation • Lute and keyboard tablatures: Italian, Spanish, French, German
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Student Assessment
During the term, three compulsory progress assignments take place (1 hour each). The final grade will be determined based on the assignments (30+40+30%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Transcription of manuscript and printed sources into modern notation (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Σημειώσεις του διδάσκοντος • Willi Apel, The Notation of Polyphonic Music, 900–1600 (Cambridge, MA: The Mediæval Academy of America, 1942, αναθ. 5/1961· γερμ. μτφ., αναθ., 1970) • Carl Parrish, The Notation of Medieval Music ( New York: Norton, 1957, 2/1959) • Richard Rastall, The Notation of Western Music: an Introduction (New York: Dent, 1983, αναθ. 2/1998/R)
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