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 chapter examines the function of tonaries as tools for memorizing chant. It suggests that music theorists and singers compiled tonaries not only to choose the transition from the antiphon to the psalm verse, but also in order to memorize the chant. It explains that tonaries classify chant and that classification of material is generally a sign that it was intended to be memorized. It concludes that tonaries and florilegia were created with the same intention, to help memorize texts.

Keywords: tonaries; memorizing chant; antiphon; psalm verse; classification; florilegia

Chapter.  15195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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