Busse Berger Anna Maria

in Medieval Music and the Art of Memory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780520240285
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930643 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter explains the theme of this volume, which is about the medieval music and the art of memorializing musical materials. The main body of the book is divided into two parts. The first explains how medieval musicians established their memorial archive and the second explains how composers used this archive in the compositional process. The memorial archive of the medieval musician had three components: chant, elementary music theory, and counterpoint. This chapter investigates how the particular material in each of these three areas was memorialized.

Keywords: medieval music; musical materials; memorial archive; compositional process; chant; music theory; counterpoint

Chapter.  3340 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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