"Origins of Western Music 450 - 1300"
A short study in the development of medieval music by Tristan d'Avignon

Basic Description:
This class, first presented at Canterbury Faire 2007 / AS XLI, is a crash course in the early theoretical developments that contributed to the success of music as a legitimate artform in the West. The concepts behind plainchant, the theories of Boethius and Hucbald, and the developments of certain composers are covered in brief. A short introduction to the common musical notations of the period is also included.

Update: An accompanying CD of musical examples is now available for this class. Please contact Tristan for more details.

westernmusic.pdf (2,695 Kb)
wmmusicalappendix.pdf (8,935 Kb)

NOTE: These documents are set at a quality level of 144 dpi for ease of storage. Higher-definition copies of these documents are available on request.

Contact the Author:
Tristan d'Avignon