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With Voice and PenComing to Know Medieval Song and How it Was Made$
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Leo Treitler

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214761.001.0001

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Medieval Music and Language

Medieval Music and Language

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(p.435) CHAPTER 16 Medieval Music and Language
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With Voice and Pen
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Leo Treitler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214761.003.0016

This chapter examines the music-language relationship in early chant. However, the larger context of the study is the evolution of a musical tradition in the medieval West. The music-language relationship is a factor in many important aspects of a larger subject: the generation and circulation of music, the emergence of repertories out of performing traditions, the rise of music writing and reading (and their interaction with oral tradition), the spread of styles, and the sorts of changes undergone by musical artefacts themselves. Conversely, locating the music-language relationship in this broader context sets a standard for the kind of knowledge of the relationship that is needed to contribute appropriately to our understanding of the larger historical movement.

Keywords:   music-language relationship, medieval West, performance, music writing, music reading

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