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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 Early History of Music Writing in the West

The Early History of Music Writing in the West

(p.317) CHAPTER 13 The Early History of Music Writing in the West
With Voice and Pen

Leo Treitler

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the invention and early uses of technologies for the representation of the melodic aspect of song in writing. It has four objectives: (i) to distinguish between the analysis of neumatic music writing from the standpoints of palaeography, on the one side, and semiotics, on the other; (ii) to suggest what the characteristics of a semiotic analysis of music writing would be; (iii) to argue for the importance of a semiotic approach, if we are to integrate the scientific study of musical notation into the historical understanding of the musical cultures that it served, and if we are to have a plausible view of the evolution of musical notation; and (iv) to sketch a provisional outline of such an evolutionary view, with due care for the sense of ‘evolution’ that can be applied to this material.

Keywords:   technology, melody, music writing, semiotic approach, palaeography

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