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The Origins of Western Notation

Revised and Translated by Neil Moran. With a Report on «The Reception of the «Universale Neumenkunde, 1970-2010»

by Constantin Floros (Author)
Monographs XVI, 405 Pages
Open Access

Summary

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.

Details

Pages
XVI, 405
ISBN (PDF)
9783631723951
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631723968
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631723975
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631615591
Open Access
CC-BY-NC-ND
Language
English
Publication date
2019 (April)
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XVI, 405 pp., num. ill. and examples of notes

Biographical notes

Constantin Floros (Author)

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.

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Title: The Origins of Western Notation