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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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Reading and Singing: On the Genesis of Occidental Music Writing

Reading and Singing: On the Genesis of Occidental Music Writing

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(p.365) CHAPTER 14 Reading and Singing: On the Genesis of Occidental Music Writing
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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/9780199214761.003.0014

The previous chapter developed a classification theory for early neumatic writing systems according to the principles of their signifying functions. This chapter takes that theory as the basis for interpretations of their invention and early uses in the broadly historical context in which they came into existence and practice. The aspects of neumatic notation that are inseparably linked to language writing and performance — the liquescent neumes and the concept of accentus — are discussed.

Keywords:   early neumatic writing, music writing, language, performance, liquescent neumes, accentus

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