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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module MUSI52030: Editing Early Music

Department: Music

MUSI52030: Editing Early Music

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Basic training in the principles and techniques of editorial method as applied to musi c.1450 - c.1650, with an introduction to white mensural notation, tablatures and the realisation of a thorough bass. The course is intended for candidates who have previously done little or no work in this field.


  • Fundamental issues and principles.
  • White mensural notation: formats of sources, note-shapes, ligatures, mensuration, imperfection, alteration, point of division, coloration.
  • Instrumental notations: tablatures; realisation of figured and unfigured bass.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understanding of the principles invovled in producing a scholarly edition, plus the requisite knowledge of the principle notation methods in the period covered.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Preparation and Reading
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Portfolio Component Weighting: 50%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Portfolio 1 50%
      Portfolio 2 50%

      Formative Assessment:

      Exercises arising out of tutorials.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University