2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

The Psalms: Written to be Remembered?
Jeana L. Roth
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

The relationship between music and memory is currently an important area of research in musicology. However, while the exact nature of this relationship has been questioned in the modern arena, the principle ideas of memorization are ancient. The addition of music to a text not only provides more effective means for emotional expression, it also works with linguistic features to commit the text to memory. This paper focuses on the musical and linguistic features of the Biblical Psalms that contribute to their role within the Jewish culture. It also discusses specific examples from the original Hebrew manuscripts of the Torah.

Keywords: music, musicology, Psalms, Jewish, religion, linguistic, Hebrew, memory

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 41-4
Location: OP 2111
Time: 4:30

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