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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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The Memorization of Organum, Discant, and Counterpoint Treatises

The Memorization of Organum, Discant, and Counterpoint Treatises

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(p.111) 4 The Memorization of Organum, Discant, and Counterpoint 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/9780520240285.003.0005

This chapter discusses how organum, discant, and counterpoint treatises were taught to music students in medieval times. It discusses information from various accounts and documents that describe where and how counterpoint was taught. It analyzes theory treatises themselves and compares the music treatises to medieval instruction books in other fields. It suggests that medieval musicians were less concerned with learning basic rules and more with memorizing various alternatives for setting melodic formulas.

Keywords:   organum, discant, counterpoint treatises, music treatises, medieval musicians, music memorization, melodic formulas

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