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Music History Fall Midterm

polyphonic choral work that was one of the most important musical forms from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries and was commonly used in the Roman Catholic Church

ex: Phillippe de Vitry, In arboris/Tuba sacre fidei/Virgo Sum
a succession of numerous pitches sung per syllable of text

ex: featured prominently especially in the beginning of "Viderunt omnes" by Perotinus
The verse or verses of a psalm, traditional passage, or portion of the liturgy, chanted or sung by alternating choirs

ex: Kyrie from the Mass for Christmas Day
The term originated in reference to medieval French motets. Hocket could be identified as a single melody, shared between two (or occasionally more) voices, which alternate in such a way that one voice sounds while the other rests. Hocket was used primarily in vocal music of the 13th and early 14th centuries. It was a predominant characteristic of music of the Notre Dame School, during the ars antiqua, in which it was found in sacred vocal music.

The term hocket is derived from the French word <hoquet> which means "hiccup". In the 14th century, hocket technique was used to punctuate recurrences of the talea in isorhythmic motets.

Pieces that made extensive use of the hocket technique were actually called hockets.

Explained by: Johannes de Groucheo in his musical treatise around 1300
The act of adding of adding words to a piece of already existing music. Originally, this text was sacred, but as time went on, secular text became more and more common.
means "time"
cantus firmus
a pre-existing melody, "fixed melody", usually of very long notes, often based on a fragment of Gregorian chant that served as the structural basis for a polyphonic composition

Ex: the Tenor voice in Factum est salutare/Dominus
French. a term referring to a technique that results in three voices singing basically in first inversion chords; employed frequently by Dufay.
formes fixes
forms that affected musical forms of song setting during 14th and 15 centuries. Involved complex repetition patterns with a refrain.
(Machaut) Virelais, Rondeau, Ballade
literally means "held voice"

originally, composers would take a piece of sacred text such as "Do" from "Dominus" and have the tenor hold it for almost, if not the whole piece.

Ex: the Tenor voice in Factum est salutare/Dominus
the first book of polyphonic music printed for movable type.

division of the semibreve into 2 or 3 minims, and then so on and so forth
free organum
Style of ORGANUM in which the ORGANAL voice moves in a free mixture of contrary, oblique, parallel, and similar motion against the CHANT (and usually above it).
substitute clausula
Clausula written seperately from a piece to substitute an older discant section.
Musica Enchiriadis
music theory treatise describing a type of polyphonic singing called Organum. 9th century
Ars Subtilior
style of polyphony from the late 14th or very early 15th centuries in southern France and northern Italy, distinguished by extreme complexity in rhythm and notation

literally means "subtle art"
liturgical drama
Early medieval church drama, written in Latin and dealing with biblical stories. Church drama in the early period, trope and such included and added to in order to make plays.
isorhythmic motet
Medieval and early Renaissance motet based on a repeating
rhythmic pattern throughout one or more voices
double leading-tone cadence
leads to tonic and 5th
discant clausula
a substitute clausula using discant style in which all voices follow one of the rhythmic modes
the addition of text/music to the standard liturgy, often to extend a short work
Ars Nova
"new art"

Title of a 14th century treatise on musical notation. Gave the ability to subdivide, and for the most part, this is how we view rhythm today. This treatise gave us rhythmic flexibilty and sbtly that we had not had before this point.

Written by: Phillipe de Vitry
rhythmic modes
system of six durational pattersn for late 12th and 13th centuries used as the basis of the rhythmic notation of the notre dame composers
psalm tone
a piece of sacred text, normally taken from the mass that is later used in the tenor voice as a sort of pedal
secular song introduced in italy that became popular in england as well. polyphonic in texture and expressive in mood, madrigals are written in the vernacular

parallel 3rds and 6ths are very noticable

Ex: Non al suo amante by Jacopo da Bologna
Italian, literally "three hundred"; it refers to the 1300s — the fourteenth century, especially in reference to Italian art of that century (the Middle Ages).
mass ordinary
The prayers with texts that remain the same throughout the year.


The prayers are the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei
mass cycle
Ordinary: KGCSA

Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Proper: IGAOC

Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion
mass propers
The parts of the Mass that are sung on specific important days in the liturgical year. Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion.
The mostly wandering minstrels, many times nobility- often composer, poet and performer in the same person - who entertained the courts of the nobility in Northern France in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
earliest kind of polyphonic music, which developed rom the custom of ading voices above a plainchant. ran parallel to the fifth or fourth of the voice of the plainchant.

ex: Viderunt omnes- Leoninus
Viderunt omnes- Perotinus
in notre dame polyphony a self-contained section of an organum that closes with a cadence