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a melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition

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At any rate, these Latin duos are at times musically rather more complex (using both cantus-firmus technique and extended imitative writing) than the sort of didactic duos familiar to students of the musical Renaissance in German-speaking territories.
The three remaining articles, all of which explore some facet of cantus-firmus technique, provide a good opportunity to reflect on a "continuity of concerns" (Pesce, p.
In "Lasso as Historicist: The Cantus-Firmus Motets," Haar addresses this manifestation of historicity by examining fifteen cantus-firmus motets by Lasso.