This chapter discusses how organum, discant, and counterpoint treatises were taught to music students in medieval times. It discusses information from various accounts and documents that describe where and how counterpoint was taught. It analyzes theory treatises themselves and compares the music treatises to medieval instruction books in other fields. It suggests that medieval musicians were less concerned with learning basic rules and more with memorizing various alternatives for setting melodic formulas.
Keywords: organum; discant; counterpoint treatises; music treatises; medieval musicians; music memorization; melodic formulas
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Subjects: Musicology and Music History
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