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Pseudo-Bernelinus, Bern of Reichenau, Pseudo-Odo, and Guido dʼArezzo

Charles M. Atkinson

in The Critical Nexus

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780195148886
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852185 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148886.003.0007

Series: AMS Studies in Music

Pseudo-Bernelinus, Bern of Reichenau, Pseudo-Odo, and Guido dʼArezzo

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This chapter discusses the relevant contributions of Pseudo-Bernelinus, Bern of Reichenau, Pseudo-Odo, and Guido dʼArezzo. As explained in chapter 5, Author δ of the Alia musica made a significant contribution to the theory of the church modes in distinguishing authentic from plagal modes via differences in their octave species. He made a further contribution to this theory in describing plainchant by means of species of fourths and fifths. Given the potency of this approach as an analytical tool, it should come as no surprise that the church modes themselves would soon be defined as a concatenation of species of fourths and fifths. The chapter begins by tracing this development from a small treatise that first appears among works attributed to Hucbald (d. 930) through the interpolated version of the Prologus in tonarium of Bern of Reichenau (d. 1048).

Keywords: Pseudo-Bernelinus; Bern of Reichenau; Pseudo-Odo; Guido dʼArezzo; octave species; church modes

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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