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 concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the memorization of medieval music. It discusses how the oral and written transmission of music interacts with the art of memory and the effect of mnemotechnics on medieval performers, composers, and the music they produced. This study should allow us to give up the naive picture of a written musical culture replacing an oral one with the more complicated picture of a culture in which orality and literacy interacted in many, often unexpected, ways.

Keywords: medieval music; memorization; memory; mnemotechnics; literacy; orality

Chapter.  891 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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