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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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Basic Theory Treatises

Basic Theory Treatises

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(p.85) 3 Basic Theory Treatises
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Medieval Music and the Art of Memory
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Busse Berger Anna Maria

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240285.003.0004

This chapter analyzes the role of elementary theory treatises in music memorization. It investigates how medieval music students memorized the musical material and discusses the use of short mnemonic verses to teach intervals, solmization, and syllables. It describes the versification of entire treatises help the student remember the material better and mentions that use of the hand and trees for memorizing intervals, modes, and mensural systems.

Keywords:   elementary theory, music memorization, mnemonic verses, intervals, solmization, syllables, modes, hand, trees

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