Capturing Music: The Story of Notation ePUB ☆ The

Capturing Music: The Story of Notation ePUB ☆ The
    Capturing Music: The Story of Notation ePUB ☆ The soloists to travel across great distances and perform their work with stunning fidelity, a feat that we now very much take for granted Thomas Forrest Kelly transports us to the lively and complex world of monks and monasteries, of a dove singing holy chants into the ear of a saint, and of bustling activity in the Cathedral of Notre Dame an era when the only way to share even the simplest song was to learn it by rote, church to church and person to person With clarity and a sense of wonder, Kelly tells a story that spans five hundred years, leading us on a journey through medieval Europe and showing how we learned to keep track of rhythm, melody, and precise pitch with a degree of accuracy previously unimaginedKelly reveals the technological advances that led us to the system of notation we use today, placing each step of its evolution in its cultural and intellectual context Companion recordings by the renowned Blue Heron ensemble are paired with vibrant illuminated manuscripts, bringing the art to life and allowing readers to experience something of the marvel that medieval writers must have felt when they figured out how to capture music for all time."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Capturing Music: The Story of Notation
  • Thomas Forrest Kelly
  • 23 October 2019
  • 0393064964

Capturing Music: The Story of Notation[Read] ➪ Capturing Music: The Story of Notation Author Thomas Forrest Kelly – Essayreview.co.uk In today s digital landscape, we have the luxury of experiencing music anytime, anywhere But before this instant accessibility and dizzying array of formats before CDs, the eight track tape, the radio The Story PDF/EPUB è In today s digital landscape, we have the luxury of experiencing music anytime, anywhere But Capturing Music: PDF or before this instant accessibility and dizzying array of formats before CDs, the eight track tape, the Music: The Story ePUB ✓ radio, and the turntable there was only one recording technology music notation It allowed singers and soloists to travel across great distances and perform their work with stunning fidelity, a feat that we now very much take for granted Thomas Forrest Kelly transports us to the lively and complex world of monks and monasteries, of a dove singing holy chants into the ear of a saint, and of bustling activity in the Cathedral of Notre Dame an era when the only way to share even the simplest song was to learn it by rote, church to church and person to person With clarity and a sense of wonder, Kelly tells a story that spans five hundred years, leading us on a journey through medieval Europe and showing how we learned to keep track of rhythm, melody, and precise pitch with a degree of accuracy previously unimaginedKelly reveals the technological advances that led us to the system of notation we use today, placing each step of its evolution in its cultural and intellectual context Companion recordings by the renowned Blue Heron ensemble are paired with vibrant illuminated manuscripts, bringing the art to life and allowing readers to experience something of the marvel that medieval writers must have felt when they figured out how to capture music for all time.


About the Author: Thomas Forrest Kelly

The Story PDF/EPUB è An American musicologist, musician, and scholar He is the Morton B Knafel Professor of Music Capturing Music: PDF or at Harvard University.


10 thoughts on “Capturing Music: The Story of Notation

  1. says:

    Fascinating story of the development of musical notation systems in Europe Modern notation is based on these systems and it is interesting to see where the ideas came from and how they spread, sometimes after initial resistance.The images of medieval manuscripts are quite lovely, but I m very glad I don t have to try to interpret them The systems seem ridiculously complex compared to modern systems, especially for rhythm The title is misleading The book does not really tell the full story o Fascinating story of the development of musical notation systems in Europe Modern notation is based on these systems and it is interesting to see where the ideas came from and how they spread, sometimes after initial resistance.The images of medieval manuscripts are quite lovely, but I m very glad I don t have to try to interpret them The systems seem ridiculously complex compared to modern systems, especially for rhythm The title is misleading The book does not really tell the full story of notation , but rather the story of notation in Europe in the medieval period I would have liked at least a little information on notation systems from other cultures And I would have lovedinformation on how the medieval system grew into the modern system, and at least some discussion on modern alternative proposals It just basically stops right before the era of Bach It would be interesting to continue the story to include things like figured bass in the baroque era, guitar tablature, and how key signatures and accidentals allow notating 12 tones on a staff system which had been designed for representing modal music with 7 tones per octave But in a clumsy way, due for an overhaul in my opinion Despite the fact that I would like to read afull story of notation , if I imagine the title of this book as the story of medieval European notation then it does a very good job of covering the material in an interesting way with attractive illustrations

  2. says:

    This wasn t bad At least it didn t feel like a textbook, so that s nice It almost made me wish I had attendedlecture sessions of my early music history course during undergrad years But not quite.

  3. says:

    Loved how Kelly connects a human reason to each development in notation brilliant problem solving that met very real needs of a living, breathing language as it evolved and becamecomplex over time Content is quite academic and meticulously researched, but Kelly has an engaging, impressively succinct writing style More of my thoughts on this title can be found on my blog at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall Loved how Kelly connects a human reason to each development in notation brilliant problem solving that met very real needs of a living, breathing language as it evolved and becamecomplex over time Content is quite academic and meticulously researched, but Kelly has an engaging, impressively succinct writing style More of my thoughts on this title can be found on my blog at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall

  4. says:

    I found this history of the origins of written music notation quite interesting The focus is entirely on the middle ages, starting with the earliest attempts at writing down music simple marks to remind performers of things and following the evolution to the basis of our modern notation, including precise notation of rhythm He addresses two key aspects of notation pitch and rhythm, with the focus primarily on rhythm I appreciated that he delved into the philosophical side of things and hig I found this history of the origins of written music notation quite interesting The focus is entirely on the middle ages, starting with the earliest attempts at writing down music simple marks to remind performers of things and following the evolution to the basis of our modern notation, including precise notation of rhythm He addresses two key aspects of notation pitch and rhythm, with the focus primarily on rhythm I appreciated that he delved into the philosophical side of things and highlights how truly incredible and revolutionary is this idea of notating something that occurs in time of recording music The evolution of the notation of rhythm is closely related to mathematics and scientific advancements for example, clocks and he explains and contextualizes it really well I came away with a new appreciation for the accomplishments of the middle ages I particularly enjoyed learning about how the composers of the middle ages pushed the limits of mathematical complexity with regards to notating rhythm, creating pieces that were not rivaled again in their complexity until the 20th century Our current notation evolved from their systems, but is in some senses actually a simplification of the greater complexity they experimented with.I was a little disappointed that the author doesn t address the origin of notating precise pitch, different keys, semi tones vs whole tones, etc However, the book is complete unto itself and I think such a history would be a whole separate book It makes sense that early music did not have to deal with these complexities since it evolved from singing, not instruments that are tuned And I do truly understand now how revolutionary and crucial it was to just invent how to notate rhythm.The book reads smoothly and relatively quickly, but it can also be fairly technical and dense in places I followed along with the explanations of the various notational systems, but not to the extent that I could really sit down and read early music I think you could get a lot out of the book even if you don t follow the technical details, but it is a specialized topic so I only recommend it if it sounds intriguing to you

  5. says:

    How do you make a book about the history of musical notation interesting to those who find the history of musical notation not at all interesting Turn it into a small coffee table book I do find it interesting, so I was already on board, but this book is as beautiful as it is interesting So, it s not an academic academic book, and you need to look elsewhere for such a thing nor is it easy to get into, because Kelly s first few chapters are well, disordered, to put it mildly Once he gets How do you make a book about the history of musical notation interesting to those who find the history of musical notation not at all interesting Turn it into a small coffee table book I do find it interesting, so I was already on board, but this book is as beautiful as it is interesting So, it s not an academic academic book, and you need to look elsewhere for such a thing nor is it easy to get into, because Kelly s first few chapters are well, disordered, to put it mildly Once he gets on to the actual narrative though rather than trying to convince you that the idea of notating music is, in itself, a great and counter intuitive idea it flows very nicely And it comes with a CD, which is a delightful reminder of my teenage years

  6. says:

    A lavishly produced book with gorgeous reproductions of medieval music manuscripts, an accompanying CD and a chatty text depicting the innovations of music notation that This lavishly produced book, with its gorgeous reproductions of music manuscripts and accompanying music CD, belie the enthusiastically chatty text chronicling the medieval innovations of western music notation that recorded their music for the future.

  7. says:

    4.5 stars As medieval music notation books go, this is a much nicer read for the motivate layman than, say, Apel s The notation of polyphonic music, 900 1600 Was surprised to see a book published in 2015 include a physical CD instead of some download link But it did give me an excuse to finally hear what Cordier s Belle, bonne, sage sounds like.

  8. says:

    I rated it three stars for my experience only This has never been and will never be my area of music The text is well explained and well researched, and interestingly written However, it s still hard to get through if you aren t into history or measured musical text Easy to read but hard to finish.

  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here When I started learning how to play the guitar I also started reading a bit of music theory and the first thing that struck me was how non scientific it seemed Where do the note names come from, why choose Do Re Mi A B C How does one define A precisely or any other note Why does one have to memorize all of these relations between notes scales, chords when it s obvious that there exist deeper explanations for why a chord sounds good and another doesn t I was looking for mathematical When I started learning how to play the guitar I also started reading a bit of music theory and the first thing that struck me was how non scientific it seemed Where do the note names come from, why choose Do Re Mi A B C How does one define A precisely or any other note Why does one have to memorize all of these relations between notes scales, chords when it s obvious that there exist deeper explanations for why a chord sounds good and another doesn t I was looking for mathematical and physical explanations for everything that was taught about music theory in the sources I was studying.I did not find these explanations in this book but I did find the reasons for why Western musical notation looks the way it does today The book is gorgeously illustrated and the author goes from what I believe is the earliest form of notation, neumes, to the medieval period where the notation closely resembles the one in use today For a musician and especially for one focusing on the history of music the book might seem superficial and cursory but for the layman it provides a great introduction into the subject of history of notation.I wish there was a chapter dedicated to other notation systems than european ones and perhapsdetails about the period of time between the medieval ages and the present therefore just four stars.SPOILERS HERE SINCE PRIVATE NOTES ONLY HAVE 512 CHARACTERS Guido the Monk complaining that singers have to learn each song separately because they had no system in place as opposed to the other crafts where one learns the technique and then applies it to each new task.Neumes first system that caught on, even though other systems existed alphabets, Dasian They show the direction of sounds, the motion Many medieval systems based on neumes, each with their own subtleties One still has to know the song in advance when using neumes.Guido came up with a system that represents pitch, notes were arranged on multiple horizontal lines, each one corresponding to a different pitch The pitches were based on Ut queant laxis, a common chant Decline in quality, chants were known as flat songs, due to loss of expresiveness in the new notation when compared to neumes.Rhythym notation appeared because of the need to synchronize voices in polyphonic chants When the new voice singsthan one note for the original chant there is a need for syncing Rhythm was created by having note groups arranged in a specific pattern interpreted as a series of short notes and long notes twice as long as the short notes That is, a three note group followed by a series of two note groups would be sung as long short long, short long, short long, etc This was purely a convention which one had to know, the rhythm isn t encoded in the notation in any way.The next improvement was to assign a duration to each note by using shapes The longs become squares with tails and the shorts become squares diamonds represent a half short Franco of Cologne popularized this system and Petrus de Cruce experimented with it by bending some of its rules Philippe de Vitry is the one that documented a systematic way of writing down rhythm Independent rhythm notation systems popped up throughout Europe and while they all borrowed from Franco s original notation, they also borrowed from each other

  10. says:

    This book is not intended to be a manual of music notation rules and style, but rather a history of the development of music notation And a fascinating history it is If you ve ever wondered why the lowest line of the bass clef is a G , why the grand staff splits at middle C which is close, but not the middle of a piano keyboard , where the names of the G and F clefs come from, why note lengths are encoded by flags and dots, then this is your book.Throughout, there are many full color plates This book is not intended to be a manual of music notation rules and style, but rather a history of the development of music notation And a fascinating history it is If you ve ever wondered why the lowest line of the bass clef is a G , why the grand staff splits at middle C which is close, but not the middle of a piano keyboard , where the names of the G and F clefs come from, why note lengths are encoded by flags and dots, then this is your book.Throughout, there are many full color plates of ancient manuscripts illustrating points made in the text There is even a CD in the back cover containing tracks of Gregorian chants and other musical styles, each keyed to a specific example in the book.The author also emphasizes the interplay between musical practice and musical notation and how that interplay affected the evolution of notation For example, the author mentions two principles at the foundation of the Western musical system p.12 first, that this music is meant to go with words and second, that the basic unit of music writing is not the note, but the syllable.Although the book is an easy fun read, it contains so much information and history that it will be a reference to which you will constantly return E.g., when was tablature first used ans., 200 BC where did do, re , mi. names come from see p.68 why does the word gamut have its origins in musical notation I couldn t possibly remember all the facts dates names mentioned in the book, so I try to remember the main themes and approximate dates when why did the grand staff appear, when why did rhythmic notation become important to notate, when why did Italians get to coin all those names for dynamics performance the rest I ll have to look up again in this wonderful reference.Will this book make you a better musician Probably not Will it clarify many of the idiosyncrasies of music notation Absolutely

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