Alia musica

Charles M. Atkinson

in The Critical Nexus

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780195148886
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852185 | DOI:

Series: AMS Studies in Music

Alia musica

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This chapter focuses on the Alia musica, one of the most complex and perplexing of all medieval writings on music. Alia musica is actually a core treatise with succeeding layers of commentary on it, the commentators themselves drawing their material from various sources. Among the many questions that still surround the Alia musica are those of authorship and date. It is argued that there are five different conceptual “layers” of the treatise, and that there were at least four authors or commentators involved in the creation of the work.

Keywords: Alia musica; treatise; medieval writings; music

Chapter.  12854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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