Session Title

Chant from Scratch: A Pentecost Lauds from Original Sources (A Workshop)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant

Organizer Name

Debra Lacoste

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Waterloo

Presider Name

Debra Lacoste

Paper Title 1

Workshop Leader

Presenter 1 Name

Susan Hellauer

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Queens College, CUNY/Anonymous 4

Start Date

11-5-2013 10:00 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1010

Description

Join Susan Hellauer of Anonymous 4 in learning and singing music from the Office of Lauds for Pentecost taken from original chant sources. This session is open to all who would like to try singing from manuscripts of medieval plainchant. Participants will follow along on facsimile printouts from medieval antiphoners and see images of manuscripts on-screen. Instruction on the interpretation of the neumes will precede the singing of the chants together.

The materials for this workshop will include digital images of music manuscripts displayed on-screen and printed for distribution. Musical information concerning the chants to be sung will be drawn from the Cantus Database, where over 390,000 individual chants have been indexed from over 135 manuscript sources. Numerous records are linked to online digital images; universal accessibility to such primary resources increases the need for all of us to be better able to interpret the nuances of various scribal hands in the notation of early music.

The researchers who spend the bulk of their time looking at the signs will hopefully gain an “ear” for the sounds of this music. Performers have often sorted out practical solutions to some of the mysterious signs; they can share this information with the researchers. The chant enthusiasts in the audience will get a first-hand look at a variety of notational scripts and experience the challenges of interpreting and singing medieval neumes.

The ability to read music is helpful but not necessary. -- Or just come to watch and listen.

Debra Lacoste

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May 11th, 10:00 AM

Chant from Scratch: A Pentecost Lauds from Original Sources (A Workshop)

Fetzer 1010

Join Susan Hellauer of Anonymous 4 in learning and singing music from the Office of Lauds for Pentecost taken from original chant sources. This session is open to all who would like to try singing from manuscripts of medieval plainchant. Participants will follow along on facsimile printouts from medieval antiphoners and see images of manuscripts on-screen. Instruction on the interpretation of the neumes will precede the singing of the chants together.

The materials for this workshop will include digital images of music manuscripts displayed on-screen and printed for distribution. Musical information concerning the chants to be sung will be drawn from the Cantus Database, where over 390,000 individual chants have been indexed from over 135 manuscript sources. Numerous records are linked to online digital images; universal accessibility to such primary resources increases the need for all of us to be better able to interpret the nuances of various scribal hands in the notation of early music.

The researchers who spend the bulk of their time looking at the signs will hopefully gain an “ear” for the sounds of this music. Performers have often sorted out practical solutions to some of the mysterious signs; they can share this information with the researchers. The chant enthusiasts in the audience will get a first-hand look at a variety of notational scripts and experience the challenges of interpreting and singing medieval neumes.

The ability to read music is helpful but not necessary. -- Or just come to watch and listen.

Debra Lacoste