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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 Marriage of Poetry and Music in Medieval Song

The Marriage of Poetry and Music in Medieval Song

(p.457) CHAPTER 17 The Marriage of Poetry and Music in Medieval Song
With Voice and Pen

Leo Treitler

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores the relationship between poetry and music. It argues that a poem, like a melody, is a sounding phenomenon, and it is as both sounding phenomena and syntactical orders that poetry and melody engage one another. This depends on a number of basic melodic principles that constitute the main resources for creating a dynamic of stability and instability and of tension and repose, for motivating continuity and closure, correspondence to dynamics of contrast, amplification, and reference in the phonetic, syntactic, and semantic aspects of language. This is demonstrated through a comparison of two manuscript transmissions of a melody from Abelard's Dolorum solatium, David's lament over Saul and Jonathan.

Keywords:   medieval music, poem, Abelard, Dolorum solatium, poetry and melody

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