cantus firmus

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a melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition

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German music historiographers acknowledge Pesin as a highly skilled composer of the Gesellschaftslieder, secular social entertainment polyphonic songs, whose cantus firmus often contained in the tenor a popular folk tune (Tenorlied).
When the soprano voices and oboes enter with the chorale melody in half-notes, the rest of the vocal ensemble supports the cantus firmus in block homophony and is joined with a return of the lively ritornello material in the violins.
The texture of the whole cycle is highly imitative and the monophonic intonation appears as cantus firmus in most verses.
En el teatro de Federico Garcia Lorca (1936), se perfila con nitidez gradual una organizacion armonica, que alia hondas raices populares a manera de cantus firmus, con el mas sofisticado sistema de disonancias heterodoxas, estimulantes por ende.
Not only is the superius part of this Mass movement based on a previously unrecognized cantus firmus, but the cantus firmus is of the so-called `foreign' type, and thus represents a compositional technique not previously identified in 15th-century English church music.
The cantus firmus, I think, is the portrayal of the Church as freed by the Spirit to interpret its Savior and his summons anew in the light of ongoing experience.
The first chapter proceeds logically in the manner of species counterpoint, considering in turn one, two, four, and three notes against one note of a cantus firmus.
God wants us to love him eternally and with our whole hearts--not in such a way as to injure or weaken our earthly love, but to provide a kind of cantus firmus to which the other melodies of life provide the counterpoint .
These are cantus firmus settings in which a tenor or superius line of a polyphonic chanson is lifted, literally intact, and surrounded by new lines in an obviously rhythmically and melodically nonvocal style, the most famous examples of which include the numerous arrangements of Hayne van Ghizeghem's De tous biens plaine.
This is the cantus firmus resonating throughout Ratzinger's 55 years of writing on the eucharistic nature of the church, demonstrating a "consistency in spite of a change of perspective.
A strange little rising and falling modal scale serves almost as a cantus firmus here in this beautifully-crafted piece evoking a timeless serenity.
Even so, Bossuyt overdoes it when he credits Dufay with the invention of the four-voice cantus firmus Mass (p.
As well as the editions themselves, the volume under review includes useful editions of the two motet texts, with translations, and separate editions of the cantus firmus melodies used in the Masses.
For fifteenth-century Latin music, musicologists rely on large-scale markers including genre, mensuration, text distribution, and cantus firmus treatment to determine the origins of anonymous works.
Investigating the most famous musical tradition of the cantus firmus age--Masses based on the popular tune L'Homme arme [The Armed Man]--W.