formularism

formularism

the condition of adhering solely to set formulas. — formularistic, adj.
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In reflecting upon the origins of chant, many scholars have assumed that the Roman melodies, with their tendency toward formularism, more closely reflect the eighth-century repertory, even though they were not committed to notation until three centuries later.
For this reason I am inclined to think that the approach of Alberto Doda's long final article is likely to be unproductive, since it is essentially concerned with the appearance of this evidence in the form of formularism in the Heirmologion.
Chapter 6, which is laced with music examples, notes that formularism is an important concept and structuring device to consider in the analysis of the music.