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The Evolution of Staff Notation

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Josephine Ang

on 9 April 2013

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Transcript of The Evolution of Staff Notation

The Evolution of Staff Notation The Beginning Music Printing Middle Ages - 9th Century - for chant
A single neume could represent a single pitch, or a series of pitches all sung on the same syllable.
neumes in campo aperto (without staff-lines)
didn't indicate: (1) the pitches of individual notes, (2) the intervals, (3) the starting pitch Beneventan neumes (southern Italy) or heightened/ diastematic neumes - showed the relative pitches between neumes. 11th Century... Inventor of modern musical notation
4 staff lines!
One line was marked as representing a particular pitch, usually C or F. Guido d'Arezzo Mensural Notation - rhythmic notation was achieved
created by Franco of Cologne 13th-16th Century... 1553-1700 Digraphic notation - note names are included below the neumes. increased above the five staff lines - for instruments and polyphonic writing Modern
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