Thin Red LineStreaming Video - 2005
Early musical notation was much like a road map that lacked names or places. The use of neumes gave the basic shape of the tune and a primitive notion of rhythm, but could not tell the performer what note to start on. This program shows how all of that changed around the year 1030, when the choirmaster Guido of Arezzo came up with the simple device of a thin red line: a dot directly on it would always represent the note "F"; a dot above it, G; a dot below it, E; and so on. This system of Western musical notation paved the way for harmony-and composers.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c1999
Alternative Title: Thin red line