The Memorization of Organum, Discant, and Counterpoint 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:
The Memorization of Organum, Discant, and Counterpoint Treatises

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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

Chapter.  19041 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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