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Medieval Music and the Art of Memory

Anna Maria Busse Berger


This book challenges conventional notions about medieval music, disputes the assumption of pure literacy, and replaces it with a more complex picture of a world in which literacy and morality interacted. Asking such fundamental questions as how singers managed to memorize such an enormous amount of music and how music composed in the mind rather than in writing affected musical style, the book explores the impact of the art of memory on the composition and transmission of medieval music. The study shows that although writing allowed composers to work out pieces in the mind, it did not make mem ... More

Keywords: memorization, musical style, polyphonic music, German philologists, twelfth-century music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520240285
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Maria Busse Berger, author