Singing Leonin and Perotin

viderunt-exWhat a fantastic day we had yesterday with Antony Pitts ( Antony gave two erudite talks about this early epoch of musical development. We heard about the evidence for singing in parts and saw the music manuscripts. In the afternoon we heard about music in mediaeval Paris and the construction of Notre Dame Cathedral; contemporaneous with the lives of these two composers. As we started to sing this music in the morning, who would have believed that 6 hours later we would sing Perotin’s ‘Viderunt’ in 8 parts? Who would have believed that we would sing a piece in four parts from the manuscript image above? We did it and it was thrilling. THANK YOU ANTONY!

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