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Quilisma

Started by Christoph Dohrmann. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Sep 5. 21 Replies

I think that the most LIKELY significance of the quilisma (= tremula) is a vibrato, probably connected with a portamento. I think it is rather unlikely that it signifies some sort of trill or…Continue

Officium Stellae book published

Started by Nausica Morandi Nov 10, 2016. 0 Replies

I'm glad to announce thay my book about Epiphany liturgical dramaL'Officium Stellae. Studio comparativo e trascrizione dei testimoni liturgico-musicali, Firenze, Sismel - Edizioni del Galluzzo, La…Continue

Some FUNDAMENTAL abuses and changes in the approach towards performance practice

Started by Christoph Dohrmann. Last reply by Niels Berentsen Mar 19, 2016. 28 Replies

Several performers of medieval music use women's voices where men's voices were certainly or probably intended; others vocalise untexted parts where instruments often seem more appropriate; others…Continue

A handbook for historical performance practice(s) of Western chant traditions

Started by Christoph Dohrmann. Last reply by IEGOR REZNIKOFF Feb 27, 2016. 10 Replies

A Handbook for historical performance practice(s) of Western chant traditions should be edited:It should make clear what we know for CERTAIN about historical performance practices in Western chant…Continue

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Comment by Oliver Gerlach on August 9, 2016 at 20:29

We already had these discussions, when I studied at Basel during the early 1990s. I am very sad to read that nothing has changed after 25 years. Nevertheless, I fear you might be right...

There may be a lot of knowledge of neumes after lots of publications in the style of 'das problem der pes-quassus in ms X..' etc but there is hardly anyone out there who knows to make coherent, audible distinctions from one neume to the next, as if everyone is still singing from the Graduale Romanum simplex.. even from so-called semiologically informed groups, the distinctions are too little audible.

Comment by martin spaink on August 9, 2016 at 9:29

There may be a lot of knowledge of neumes after lots of publications in the style of 'das problem der pes-quassus in ms X..' etc but there is hardly anyone out there who knows to make coherent, audible distinctions from one neume to the next, as if everyone is still singing from the Graduale Romanum simplex.. even from so-called semiologically informed groups, the distinctions are too little audible. 

Comment by Franz Karl PRASSL on March 11, 2015 at 5:53

We know a lot about details of historical performance practice(s).

One should study serious explanations of neumes and their indications for interpretation, like the 3 books of Agustoni/Göschl (available in german, italian, french) 

 

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