Music Theory What knowledge is necessary to study medieval music?

I enrolled in a course titled "History of Early Music. I had the theory of AP in high school, but very few people in the class are majors that have advanced the theory. It's complicated medieval music or what?

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3 thoughts on “Music Theory What knowledge is necessary to study medieval music?

  1. mamianka says:

    I agree with delight – the interwoven lines of medieval music often operate at a level that should not be considered without a decent background.
    Fooks You know what? – Obtain a copy of Gradus ad Parnassum of Fux (pronounced install you out of trouble. Betcha that Yahoo * * Clean the spelling!). This is the book that Professor Mozart used to teach him – and thousands of others have learned from him. Going through the forms of species counterpoint * – How can you build melodies weave around each other – the teacher and student dialogue. Yes, it can be dry – but to see how it can be understood by their own means. If you have a sense of "Ah, young grasshopper, to see if you can take the kola nut from my hand, then it is easier to read – we've all seen this type of learning arts movies martial! This can be very interesting – My son is coming to GM of digital music, and for an election, decided she needed time to really different from all the finals and Sibelius and recording equipment through the head – if only Tokk a medieval and Renaissance choral music course – wrote a paper monster "Spem in Allium. I read it because I'm his mother – otherwise I would put in a powerful drowsiness. . . Much depends on the teacher – if you are excited about it, great. If you are a mortal snoring – Ouch. There was a kind of art history that was, I swear, the last half-little-life son of Bela Lugosi. We slept in a few minutes in the darkroom, slides too. . .
    Good luck with the course – you never know until you try.

  2. clicksqu says:

    Several years ago I took this course in college, with virtually no knowledge of music theory at the time, and did it well – because in my class without the basic theory is really needed.
    Why not contact the instructor and ask about your concerns? I'm sure he / she does not mind you talking about it – the instructors want students to unnecessarily limit for a rough time of it.

  3. del_icio says:

    Yes, medieval music was sometimes very complex. The composers were experimenting a lot with the new notation, the development of music (being very different from what we are used) and rhythmic freedom that compexities ratings provided. To understand these techniques completely finished, it should be background relatively strong in music theory.

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