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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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A Tool For Memorizing Chant

(p.47) 2 Tonaries
Medieval Music and the Art of Memory

Busse Berger Anna Maria

University of California Press

This chapter examines the function of tonaries as tools for memorizing chant. It suggests that music theorists and singers compiled tonaries not only to choose the transition from the antiphon to the psalm verse, but also in order to memorize the chant. It explains that tonaries classify chant and that classification of material is generally a sign that it was intended to be memorized. It concludes that tonaries and florilegia were created with the same intention, to help memorize texts.

Keywords:   tonaries, memorizing chant, antiphon, psalm verse, classification, florilegia

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