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  • Print publication year: 2002
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5 - The transmission of ancient music theory into the Middle Ages

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Summary
Since the transmission of ancient thought into Middle ages was both limited and enriched by the intellectual and spiritual contexts. The history of musica in the early Middle Ages cannot be separated from the history of education, of philosophy, and of learning in general. This chapter addresses the initial interaction between musica and cantus, and the intellectual and artistic synthesis that represents the beginnings of 'music theory'. It focuses the intellectual and artistic forces that shaped musical thought during the first millennium of the Common Era. Martianus transformed the Roman rhetorical tradition of the arts as evidence of humane erudition into a tradition in which the arts were intellectual disciplines that enabled the human mind to rise to the level of divine intellect. Alcuin grounded Carolingian intellectual and spiritual formation in both the Roman rhetorical tradition and the Platonic tradition of the early Middle Ages, and gave musica an important place in the program.
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