The musical school of notre-dame de paris


But what about musical art?

Apart from the “big hit” musical “Notre de Dame de Paris“, according to Victor Hugo‘s works, very little else could be considered within the mind of everyone by connecting the 2!

Léonin: “viderunt omnes“

The simple truth is, there’s a lengthy-standing music tradition mounted on Paris’s most celebrated cathedral.

This tradition was created around the same time frame the sacred edifice had been built.

The École de Notre-Dame de Paris, the “Notre Dame School“, also referred to as “Notre Dame School of Polyphony“, dates back towards the late twelfth century, the era marked through the music style later recognized as “Ars antiqua” (literally “old art”, or “old technique.”)

The majority of the school’s work was focused on liturgical prayer and sacramental celebration, as well as in that aspect differed in the other kinds of music popular around that point, for example individuals from the Troubadours.

Some question why only hardly any is famous today concerning the those who composed music in individuals occasions generally, and individuals who belonged for this French school of music particularly.

There was basically reasonable for your.

Unlike later trends, that’s in the Renaissance as much as our time, medieval musicians didn’t aim to achieve fame by way of their music, nor did they would like to be well known as “individuals.”

They most importantly wanted the listener’s focus on be focused exclusively on their own œuvres (works.)

The writer s’efface (steps aside) completely vis-a-vis his work.

There’s little question, therefore, the two primary composers who belonged towards the Notre-Dame school are recognized to us only with the writings left by certainly one of their British students— themself recognized to offspring through the fitting name of “Anonymous IV.

The sooner of those master composers is Léonin, author from the famous “Magnus Liber“, or “Great Book of Organum.”

The 2nd, possibly students from the former, is “Pérotin“, referred to as “Pérotin le Grand” (“Perotin the Great”), who revised a large amount of Leonin’s work created within the “Magnum Liber.”

Pérotin “Gradual Sederunt Principes“

Under Pérotin’s able mastership, the college of Notre-Dame ended up being to leave a serious mark upon all subsequent types of la musique occidentale (Western music.)

Indeed, Pérotin is credited with shifting Gregorian chant in the simple mode of monophonie (i.e. one melodic voice) to that particular of la polyphonie (several melodic voices), in the centre which lies le contrepoint. 

Literally meaning “against point“, the contrepoint technique consists within the inspired mixture of different music notes aimed to focus on their perfect spiritual harmony, in addition of l’âme (the soul) of their listeners.


  • Picture above shared by Elahe Kianpoor via Flickr
  • For additional around the fascinating subject of medieval French music, see also:
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