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I remember seeing once in (I think) Tiferet Yisrael that every mishna had its own distinctive melody. Does anybody know where he said that, or (if it wasn't Tiferet Yisrael) which mishnaic commentator made that observation?

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See Tiferet Yisrael on Arachin 4, 1 (Boaz):

שהיו להן זמירות מיוחדין לכל משנה ומשנה

He says this helped them memorize the mishnayot. See also here for several more sources for a special nigun for Mishnah (the Shlah mentioned in the first post is similar, etc.).

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