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Synonyms for discant

a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody

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From the end of the 14th century (but outside the territory of Bohemia, although one of the manuscripts is today kept in a Prague library) we also know instrumental paraphrases of popular vocal pieces (preserved for example in the codices Faenza 117, "Reina" or the Prague National Library XI E 9), in which the originally sung discant part is richly adorned, while the "accompanying" tenor (and sometimes contratenor) remains in almost unaltered form.
But she would have rejected the device in favor of "plain-song, discant, melody on which discant is raised.
The reader will need to decide the extent to which the harmonic style of the melismatic sections may vary from the style in the discant passages.
At the same time, it is quite problematic to describe the dupla of two of the discant clausulas based on the tenor "[captivi-]TA-[tem]" on fol.
Konnte man den freien Diskantsatz auch 'kontrapunktischen' Satz nennen" becomes "one could also refer to free discant counterpoint as 'contrapuntal composition.
This concept accords with contemporaneous theoretical descriptions of discant and thus gives modern writers a tool with which to analyze tonal elements in medieval music.
It is more likely, however, that he here takes the term to apply to the largely premodal discant passages occurring as parts of organa dupla in one or more of the three extant versions of the magnus liber.