Basic Theory Treatises

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:
Basic Theory Treatises

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This chapter analyzes the role of elementary theory treatises in music memorization. It investigates how medieval music students memorized the musical material and discusses the use of short mnemonic verses to teach intervals, solmization, and syllables. It describes the versification of entire treatises help the student remember the material better and mentions that use of the hand and trees for memorizing intervals, modes, and mensural systems.

Keywords: elementary theory; music memorization; mnemonic verses; intervals; solmization; syllables; modes; hand; trees

Chapter.  8222 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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