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Haines (2013 Congress)

John Haines
(University of Toronto)
“So You Found a Medieval Book or Fragment with Music – Now What?  A Few Helpful Hints for Non-Specialists”

Abstract of Paper at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, 2013)

Session on “Medieval Manuscripts in North American Collections”
Sponsored by King Alfred’s Notebook LLC and the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
Organized by Scott Gwara (King Alfred’s Notebook LLC / University of South Carolina — Columbia)
2013 Congress

[First published on our first website on 22 May 2013]

Those unfamiliar with musical manuscript sources are sometimes overwhelmed by the impenetrability of these books and fragments, as well as the jargon that is frequently used to describe them.  This presentation offers suggestions on what to look for when trying to decipher a medieval manuscript source with music.  I focus on the late medieval liturgical sources most common in North American libraries, by using examples exclusively from the libraries at the University of Toronto.  Items covered will range from layout to rubrics and from chant types to note shapes.

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