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Tactus, mensuration and rhythm in Renaissance music

Author: Ruth I DeFord
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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Ruth DeFord's book explores how tactus, mensuration, and rhythm were employed to articulate form and shape in the period from c.1420 to c.1600. Divided into two parts, the book examines the theory and practice of rhythm in relation to each other to offer new interpretations of the writings of Renaissance music theorists. In the first part, DeFord presents the theoretical evidence, introduces the manuscript sources  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth I DeFord
ISBN: 9781107064720 1107064724
OCLC Number: 883748937
Description: xii, 504 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm
Contents: Theory. Sources of information ; Principles of mensural notation ; Definitions and descriptions of tactus ; Tactus and rhythm ; Tactus and signs in fifteenth-century music theory ; Tactus and signs in sixteenth-century music theory ; Tactus and tempo --
Practice. The songs of Du Fay ; The L'homme armâe masses of Ockeghem, Busnoys, and Josquin ; The five- and six-voice motets of Josquin ; The Choralis Constantinus of Isaac ; The masses of Palestrina ; The madrigals of Rore ; Popular songs and dances.
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Ruth I. DeFord offers new insights on Renaissance theories of rhythm and their application to the analysis and performance of music.  Read more...

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