Hélie Salomon’s Scientia artis musice (1274), is a practical manual devoted to basic concepts, psalmody, vocal pedagogy, the musical hand in singing, clefs as indicators of the tone (mode) to which a piece belongs, and practical instruction in the singing of four-voice parallel organum. Joseph Dyer presents the first, much-needed, modern edition of Salomon’s treatise, accompanied by a full English translation, comprehensive introduction and commentary. This edition corrects errors in the 1784 edition of Martin Gerbert, includes the music of chants omitted by Gerbert from the tonary, and makes available reproductions in colour of the eight illustrations in the treatise.
Table of Contents
1. The Scientia artis musice and Its Author 2. The Ambrosiana Manuscript 3. Latin Text and English Translation 4. Commentary on the Treatise 5. Postscript Appendix 1. Table of Chants Mentioned in the Treatise Appendix 2. Table of Chants in the Tonary Appendix 3. List of Proverbs Appendix 4. List of Legal Maxims Appendix 5. Letter of Pope Gregory X (Lyon, 6 September 1274)
Joseph Dyer taught music history at the University of Massachusetts Boston until his retirement in 2001. He has published about a hundred articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on topics relating to the chant and liturgy of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (especially Rome), psalmody, monasticism, performance practice, medieval music theory, and music in the intellectual life of the Middle Ages. He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists and a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.