Medieval music notation looked very different to what we are used to seeing in the modern world…

Cantus Lambed uses medieval music to perform it’s services, monastic offices, and concerts. But did you know that our Director Paul translates and transcribes straight from original medieval manuscripts?

In the images below you can see how different medieval notation is. The square blocks are notes. The length of the note is determined by the syllables of the words, not like in modern music the value of the note.

If you struggle to read modern music you may find this easier to read, as few of our choristers have found!

Have a look, have a go!

Can you work them out and sing them with us?!