Paleography and languages of the early music

lmusi2460  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Paleography and languages of the early music
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2019-2020
Main themes
The notation of plainchant and polyphony;
the modes of Western music;
the theory and evolution of counterpoint, from the beginning until the end of the 16th century.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Introducing the students to musical palaeography and pretonal musical languages, from the origins of musical notations (Carolingian period) until the 16th century.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
In 2019-2020, the course will be entirely dedicated to polyphony and will present white mensural notation, used from c. 1430 to 1600.
Teaching methods
Lecture course illustrated through Powerpoint presentations and exercices.
Evaluation methods
Written assignments and oral exam.
Online resources
Course notes on Moodle
Lectures obligatoires :
  • Willi APEL, La notation de la musique polyphonique : 900-1600, trad. de l'anglais par Jean-Philippe Navarre, Sprimont, Mardaga, 1997.
  • Marie-Noëlle COLETTE, Marielle POPIN et Philippe VENDRIX, Histoire de la notation du Moyen Age à la Renaissance, Paris, Minerve, 2003.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Certificat universitaire en musicologie (approfondissement)

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology