This homepage publishes the musicological estate of the Berlin musician Olaf Raitzig, who was particularly fascinated by fourteenth century Gothic music.

He was an avid admirer of the motets of the ars nova period, which lasted from 1320 to 1410.

For many years he researched the extant parchment manuscripts, deciphered their Gothic notation and transcribed them into modern scores.


His sources were motets from the Ivrea, Chantilly, Modena and Montpellier collections, the “Roman de Fauvel”, the Machaut collection as well as ballads, virelais and rondeaus from the time.

In particular, he complemented his transcriptions by numerous music recordings of his own making.

If you are interested in analysis and performance of Gothic music, you are welcome to take a look at the following pages.


Gotische Polyphonie Motetten der ars nova • CODEX IVREA • Studien

In an utterly new way this book presents transcriptions of ars nova motets from the “Codex Ivrea”.
Each motet is accompanied by an isorhythmic transcription of the facsimile in tabular mensural notation and a modern score.

The volume is rounded off by numerous commentaries and references to transcriptions in other sources as well as thoughts on medieval notation presented both in German and English. In addition the book contains a CD with recordings of the motets.

ISMN: 979-0-700325-00-8 • linen, thread stitching, CD • 84 sites, format 31,5*24 cm • price: 69,55 €