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Medieval music and the art of memory

Author: Anna Maria Busse Berger
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document : State or province government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This challenge to conventional notions about medieval music disputes the assumption of pure literacy and replaces it with a more complex picture of a world in which literacy and orality interacted. Asking such fundamental questions as how singers managed to memorize such an enormous amount of music and how music composed in the mind rather than in writing affected musical style, Anna Maria Busse Berger explores the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Maria Busse Berger
ISBN: 0520240286 9780520240285
OCLC Number: 55981645
Description: xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : the first great dead white male composer --
The construction of the memorial archive --
Tonaries : a tool for memorizing chant --
Basic theory treatises --
The memorization of organum, discant, and counterpoint treatises --
Compositional process in polyphonic music --
Compositional process and transmission of Notre Dame polyphony --
Visualization and the composition of polyphonic music.
Responsibility: Anna Maria Busse Berger.
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"This challenge to conventional notions about medieval music disputes the assumption of pure literacy and replaces it with a more complex picture of a world in which literacy and orality interacted. Asking such fundamental questions as how singers managed to memorize such an enormous amount of music and how music composed in the mind rather than in writing affected musical style, Anna Maria Busse Berger explores the impact of the art of memory on the composition and transmission of medieval music. Her fresh, innovative study shows that although writing allowed composers to work out pieces in the mind, it did not make memorization redundant but allowed for new ways to commit material to memory."--Jacket.

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