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Medieval Music and the Art of Memory$
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Anna Maria Busse Berger

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240285

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240285.001.0001

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Medieval Music and the Art of Memory

Busse Berger Anna Maria

University of California Press

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this volume, which is about the medieval music and the art of memorializing musical materials. The main body of the book is divided into two parts. The first explains how medieval musicians established their memorial archive and the second explains how composers used this archive in the compositional process. The memorial archive of the medieval musician had three components: chant, elementary music theory, and counterpoint. This chapter investigates how the particular material in each of these three areas was memorialized.

Keywords:   medieval music, musical materials, memorial archive, compositional process, chant, music theory, counterpoint

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