Music notation

Music notation is a writing system used to graphically represent a piece of music, allowing a performer to perform it in the manner desired by the composer.

The most widely used notational system today is the Western graphical system developed by Christian monks in the Middle Ages. This represents on a pentagram a series of signs or musical figures. The basic element of any musical notation system is the note, which represents a single sound and its basic characteristics: duration and frequency. Notational systems also allow various other features to be represented, such as variations in intensity, expression, or instrumental performance techniques. However, there are many other notation systems, and many of them are also used in modern music.

For many centuries Christian song was preserved solely by oral tradition. There was no system of notation and the songs of the Church were transmitted by the auditory memory of the ecclesiastics and the faithful.

The current notes are: DO (also called UT)’, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, SI.