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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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The Vatican Organum Treatise and the Organum of Notre Dame of Paris: Perspectives on the Development of a Literate Music Culture in Europe

The Vatican Organum Treatise and the Organum of Notre Dame of Paris: Perspectives on the Development of a Literate Music Culture in Europe

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(p.68) CHAPTER 3 The Vatican Organum Treatise and the Organum of Notre Dame of Paris: Perspectives on the Development of a Literate Music Culture in Europe
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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/9780199214761.003.0003

This chapter begins with a discussion of the tradition of music pedagogy in the European Middle Ages. It then discusses the Vatican Organum Treatise, which transmits the earliest known composition pedagogy of the Western tradition. It argues that the Vatican Organum Treatise offers two important insights. The first concerns the domain of non-literate and literate medieval music tradition. Attention to this domain is indispensable for understanding medieval music history. The second insight concerns the transformation to which the phenomenon of visible exemplification in music pedagogy was subject: in that we have observed this transformation and interrogated it, two central growth processes within medieval music history have presented themselves to us: the coming-to-be of scriptuality and the rise of a pre-scriptive composition.

Keywords:   singing, medieval music, Middle Ages, composition, Vatican Organum Treatise, music pedagogy

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