Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, of or pertaining to neumes.
- adj. music Written using neumes
“The so-called neumatic notation (from meuma, a nod), which probably in the eighth century found its way from the Orient into the Latin Church, where it suffered many modifications, had mainly a rhythmical purpose, and was intended to serve only in a general way a diastematic end, i.e. an indication of the intervals of the melody.”
“This he published (Brussels, 1851), adding to it his own key to the neumatic notation, and a brief historical and critical account of the document.”
“Alleluias, and the Tracts of the whole year, in the ancient neumatic notation (a sort of musical stenography), together with the so-called”
“His great improvement consisted in adding two more lines to the existing ones, in utilizing the spaces between the lines themselves and in indicating, by combining the letters of the alphabet with the neumatic signs, not only the various intervals of the melody, but also its rhythm.”
“In the course of time as the melodies were transcribed into the new notation, the neumatic signs formerly in use evolved into our present notes, and the letters F and C became the clefs of later times.”
“An attempt to indicate the intervals with greater precision was made by placing the neumatic signs at a lesser or greater distance from the words comprising the text, and, in order to obtain more exact results from this proceeding, the copyist would draw a line upon which he would place one of the letters of the alphabet and from which he would measure the distance of the melodic steps above or below.”
“Hucbald made successful efforts to improve and supplement the neumatic notation in use in his time, which indicated the rhythm of the melody, but left the singer dependent on tradition for its intervals.”
“The neumatic notation of Plain Chant is first met with in MSS. of the ninth century and, with slight modifications, is to be seen in liturgical books issued to-day.”
“In accordance with the second view, however, we should feel inclined to put the beginning of neumatic writing about the eighth century.”
“It is clear then, that at no time could the melody be read absolutely from the neumatic notation.”
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