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Re: My New Project: Chromic

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Friday, March 8, 2002, 7:34

I would like to add my little thingy to the colour discussion, even though
it's not exactly language-related. It has to do with music notation.
In the second half of the 13th century, music at the French courts grew
more and more complicated, a development that culminated in the so-
called "ars subtilior". It's characteristics were a mixture of extremely
complex rhythms with sometimes quite experimental harmonies. The term "ars
subtilior" applied not only to the musical style, but also to its notation.
This notation applied, apart from the normal black notes, special red notes
with values different from their black counterparts. Our modern notation
doesn't have these anymore. Transcription is still possible, but not
without an incredible amount of triplets, quadruplets, and syncopes, making
the music look much less attractive than it actually is, and completely
lacking to touch its essence.