Handout: "The Intersection of Theory & Notation, Or, Why are our Quarter Notes Black?"

Dr. Karen M Cook
“The Intersection of Theory & Notation
Or, Why Are Our Quarter Notes Black?”
karen.m.cook@gmail.com                                                                   http://karenmcook.blogspot.com

Manuscripts, Composers, & Compositions Mentioned (in chronological order):
·       Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds lat., Ms. 1118
o   late 10th century French tonary, Aquitanian neumatic notation
o   “Plagi Protus” intonation, fol. 105v
·       London, British Library, MS Harley 978 – digitized here
o   mid-late 13th century English manuscript with interpolated music, English mensural notation in longs and breves
o   Sumer is icumen in,” fol. 11v
·       Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 146 (Roman de Fauvel) – digitized here
o   early 14th century French manuscript, French ‘ars nova’ notation with minims
o   Quare fremuerunt,” fol. 1
·       London, British Library MS Add. 29987 – digitized facsimile, without introductory material, here
o   mid-late 14th century Italian source, Italian notation with proportional semiminims of varying shapes
o   Tre fontane,” fols 57-58
·       Chantilly, Musée Condé, MS 564 (Chantilly Codex) – may be digitized here
o   late 14th century French-Italian manuscript, French ‘ars nova’ and Franco-Italian ‘ars subtilior’ notation
o   Baude Cordier (French, c. 1380–<1440), “Belle, bone, sage,” fol. 11v
·       Modena, Biblioteca Estense [alpha].M.5.24 (Mod A) – digitized here
o   late 14th century/early 15th century Italian manuscript, Italian notation, Franco-Italian ‘ars subtilior,’ Franco-Italian notations)
o   Matteo da Perugia (Italian, fl.1400-16), “Le greygnour bien,” fol. 32 – version A; version B
o   Antonio Zacara de Teramo (Italian, c.1350/60–1413-16), “Cacciando per gustar,” fols. 16v-17
·       Cambrai, Mediathèque Municipale, MS D 6 & MS D 11
o   c. 1430-40, French manuscript, 15th-century amalgamated notation
o   Gilles de Bins dit Binchois (Franco-Flemish, c.1400–1460), “Gloria,” fols. 17vff (Cambrai 6), fols. 9ff (Cambrai 11)
·       Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canonici Misc. 213 – digitized again here
o   c. 1426-35, French manuscript, 15th-century amalgamated void notation
o   Binchois, “Mon seul et souverain desir,” fol. 71v
o   c. 1498-1503, Belgian manuscript, Renaissance void mensural notation
o   Jacques Barbireau (Franco-Flemish, 1455-1491), Missa Virgo parens Christi, Kyrie, fols. 143v-144

Online Early Music & Digital Humanities Resources:
·       DIAMM – Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (registry required)
·       TML – Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, repository of transcriptions of theoretical treatises
·       The CMME Project – new early music notation software and editing project
·       Musicologie Médiévale – a series of groups dedicated to subfields of early music (registry required)
·       Facebook groups:
        o   Ars Antiqua
        o   Ars Nova
        o   Aetas Aurea – later 15th– and 16th-century music
        o   Seconda Prattica – later 16th– and 17th-century music
The Moral of the Story …


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