During my last year of undergraduate study, I was awarded a research grant by the University of Utah's Office of Undergraduate Research to study the formatting of historical notation through the transcription and typesetting of 15th and 16th-century vocal music. I worked with Dr. Jane Hatter in transcribing and typesetting various musical examples for her upcoming book on self-referential music and notational ambiguities of fifteenth and sixteenth-century music. This led to a year-long research project in which I examined how composing using historical notation could be a more authentic method for reconstructing music that has lost parts. Specifically, I used Crispinus van Stappen’s Exaudi nos, which is missing a voice, as a case study for using the original white mensural notation to reconstruct the missing voice and complete the piece. I presented this research with the American Musicological Society and was able to take part in a week-long seminar at Yale University researching historical notation.
My findings from this research can be found here.