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.
This topic is indeed the cantus firmus, so to say, of much of Ratzinger's theology of political life.
The work is based on a melodic line, a series of harmonies and a specific theme using cantus firmus and talea (composing techniques).
For example, in the series "Cantus firmus" he managed to identify the suggested love of a beloved with the degeneration of nature.
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.
Hillier relates the emergence of Part's tintinnabuli style to his study of early music, identifying a number of parallels in terms of word-setting, the use of drones and the cantus firmus; but he concludes that Part 'followed the principles in spirit rather than to the letter' (p.
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. Lusitano then considers the treatment of dissonance and rhythmically-varied counterpoint.
That musical term is polyphony, "a fugue in which a primary and unchanging melody (the cantus firmus) is progressively joined by counterpointed melodies which superficially oppose it but, taken as a whole, blend together into a powerful harmonic whole." (2) Eleven months before his execution Bonhoeffer wrote:
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.