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Anonymus presents; Les Reverdies de Montréal

THE NOTRE-DAME SCHOOL OF PARIS

Le Chant des Gargouilles

December 29th, 2017 at 7h30 PM

Chapelle du Musée de l'Amérique francophone
2 côte de la Fabrique, Vieux Québec

Long before the Renaissance period in European history, a great flourishing of cultural and intellectual activity and development took place during the 12th and into the 13th centuries. Musically, this renaissance was led by the Notre-Dame School in Paris. The innovations in musical composition and notation to come out of Notre-Dame form the very roots of Western music. Here, the organum was perfected and reached its apogee, while rhythmic notation and the motet were invented. It was also during this period that polyphonic composition was finally emancipated from the sacred sphere and allowed to broaden the scope of secular musical expression.