6th to 9th century
on Boethius and Cassiodorus contribution
Ο Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius , known as "Boethius", was a Roman philosopher of the 6th century (480-
Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator, known as "Cassiodorus" ( 485-
Cassiodorus has significantly contributed to the systematic preservation and copying old manuscripts. Before him, copying was a way of punishment for inexperienced and generally not very skilled workers. The Cassiodorus turned this process to an educational work in order to preserve the historical sources. His work is priceless
This is a very important treatise written in Latin by an anonymous, during the end of 9th century. Previously, it was ascribed to Hucbald. "Musica enchiriadis" is accompanied by "scolica enchiriadis". They are the oldest treatises concerning polyphony: the first form of polyphony (organum) is described in those works.
The music was written using a special type of notation (daseian notation) on a system of lines (4-
Staff is five horizontal lines written in parallel. Music is written both on lines and between lines. In music, the first use of horizontal lines to represent pitch heights, appeared in "musica enchiriadis" circa 900 AD.
It is said that Guido d'Arezzo (990-
On Musica Enchiriadis
Anonymous (Musica Enchiriadis, 9th century)
sequence: Rex caeli Domine
Rex Caeli Domine-