Chapter

Prologue

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240285.003.0002
Prologue

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This chapter provides an historiographical background on Friedrich Ludwig, a German scholar who transcribed and catalogued all medieval polyphony. It suggests that Ludwig's catalog has held up well to posterity and that his agenda has made it possible to work in medieval music for one hundred years without ever seriously considering the role of memory in the composition and transmission of polyphony. It compares the works of Ludwig with those of Swiss scholar Jacques Handschin.

Keywords: Friedrich Ludwig; medieval polyphony; medieval music; memory; composition; Jacques Handschin

Chapter.  17296 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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