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If you're so inclined - a page describing white mensural notation would be 1) awesome, 2) a teaching tool for others, 3) possibly the basis of a class you could teach whenever you wish (Virtual Atlantia, even!), and 4) fancy. Obviously, you'd want different text than this to lead someone to follow a link... which is linked below... Could discuss things like: 1) White Mensural Notation - the basics, 2) White Mensural Notation - frequently observed challenges, 3) Why transcribe White Mensural Notation?, 4) Examples of White Mensural Notation (compare and contrast different publications - e.g. Le Roy vs Dowland vs Caccini, vs. etc.).
To make period music more accessible to the modern musician, I am transcribing period music into modern staff notation. White mensural notation looks, in some ways, similar to modern notation, but without bar lines or the host of time and key signatures we typically see today. Often, period music is not set to the modern G clef that we are accustomed to today (though, the G clef does appear occasionally in the SCA period). Oftentimes, accidentals are not marked in the original publications, and this necessitates a thorough evaluation of every note in a piece, to ensure that the transcription is accurate. Transcribing vocal music also involves determining syllabication of lyrics, and sometimes evaluating abbreviations used in the text that are not immediately obvious. I am currently working with Johann to transcribe Adrian Le Roy's guitar songbook, originally published in 1555. Through working on this transcription project, I have observed that there are frequent printing errors in note values, interesting (and not always obvious) uses of repeat structures, unfamiliar methods of indicating alternate endings, etc.! Transcription work can be challenging, but the effort is worthwhile. There are many pieces of beautiful period music that are not available to the modern day musician. By transcribing these works, we can ensure this music lives on! Click the link below to see some of my vocal transcriptions from Le Roy's 1555 guitar song book.
Click the links below for examples of my original bardic works