Early Music Notation Workshop at the Lviv National Musical Academy

March 4, 2017, midnight

Early Music Notation Workshop at the Lviv National Musical Academy 

The music notation course has been the first major event at the HSC this year. Angelika Moths, a lecturer for music notation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, who taught the course together with Natalia Syrotynska from the Lviv Music Academy, shares her experiences.
“We were very happy to comply with the wish expressed by the November symposium participants to learn more about the notations presented in lectures. Together with Natalia Syrotynska, we arranged a meeting with various professors of the Musikhochschule right after the symposium to discuss the matter. Our plan was to find at least one composition available in both western and eastern culture, and if possible, with a theme fitting in with the pre-Easter festivities. And it was important to both Natalia and me that not only the notation but also the corresponding context are explained. Although our self-imposed task turned out to be not that simple, we nevertheless had enough associations with songs on the parable of the prodigal son, the story of Joseph and, finally, the resurrection.

And the real 'Easter miracle' was the fully packed opera studio that awaited us on the first day - the advertising had worked! It was not merely because Ivan organized cancellation of other courses so that the students flocked to ours, but also - I dare say - because of true enthusiasm. The following days witnessed a slight decrease in quantity of students but an increase in quality of attention, interest and sometimes even critical questions from the participants. 'Nobody will be attending for six hours a day five days in a row' was the initial verdict of sceptics. Ivan, Natalia and I were happy to prove otherwise. And even in the evening the songs we had learned resonated through the corridors of the university.

The final 'concert' was also an experiment: in the form of short introductions and excerpts of examples, each of the groups presented one piece (it was the only way to keep all of these many participants busy). Disciplined, concentrated, well-prepared, yet witty and funny - I was amazed how much they learned in just a couple of days. I was particularly pleased about the spontaneous wish of a colleague from Lviv to do a short presentation about Ukrainian neumes. And also this presentation was accompanied by corresponding music. Conclusion: the experiment was successful!”