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A

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Note of the scale (6th degree of natural scale of C). Hence A♭, A♭♭, A♮, A♯, A♯♯, A major, A minor, etc. A is note commonly used for tuning instr. (orchs. tune to the ob. A). a′ = 440...

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Alleluia

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Christianity.

This Lat. form of Hebrew exclamation, meaning ‘Praise Jehovah’, was added to certain of the responds of the RC Church, suitably joyful mus. to be grafted on to traditional plainsong and, in...

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anthem

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The English‐speaking Protestant Churches' equivalent of the Latin motet, from which it sprang. An Anglican creation, with a place in the C of E liturgy. It constitutes in ordinary churches...

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anthem

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Originally an antiphon; Wilfred Owen's ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ and W. H. Auden's ‘Anthem for St Cecilia's Day’ both preserve something of this antiphonal sense. The term is now used more...

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antiphonal

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Originally the liturgical book in the W. Church containing the parts of the Office and Mass which were sung by the choir antiphonally. In later times the Office and Mass portions were...

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Banquet

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The banquet took its name from the bench (banc), which was often one with the table used for meals. It designated a collective feast. The theme of the banquet is ...

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Caput masses

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Three 15th-century polyphonic Mass settings, one anonymous English, the others by Ockeghem and Obrecht. Each is unified by a common cantus firmus derived from the melisma on the word...

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direct psalmody

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The singing of a psalm without any textual additions or other alterations, as opposed to antiphonal and responsorial psalmody (see antiphon; responsory), for example the psalmody sung at...

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evovae

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This ‘word’ consists of the vowels of ‘seculorum, Amen’, being the last words of the Gloria Patri (see doxologia), and is used as a name for the cadential endings of the Gregorian Psalm...

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Francisco de Quiñones

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

(d. 1540),

cardinal. Of a noble Spanish family, he became a Franciscan in 1498; in 1523 and 1526 he was elected Minister General of the Observants. After the Sack of Rome (1527)...

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