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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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Homer and Gregory: The Transmission of Epic Poetry and Plainchant

Homer and Gregory: The Transmission of Epic Poetry and Plainchant

(p.131) CHAPTER 6 Homer and Gregory: The Transmission of Epic Poetry and Plainchant
With Voice and Pen

Leo Treitler

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops a plausible representation of the way that chants might have been made that would be a way into a critical account of them as sung language. Its objective is genetic criticism — an objective well suited to the study of a tradition whose products are not appropriately regarded as autonomous works. It discusses a phenomenon that is more symptomatic than instrumental: the identification of Gregory the Great as the author of the plainchant. It describes the important points of Frederic C. Bartlett's theory on remembering, especially as they might illuminate the problem about oral transmission.

Keywords:   Gregorian chants, medieval music, Gregory the Great, oral composition, oral transmission, Frederic C. Bartlett

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