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melisma

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(Gr. ‘song’; plural melismata).

A group of notes sung to a single syllable, as opposed to coloratura. Used in plainsong and in other song. Melismata is title of vocal pieces...

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motet

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

A form of short unaccompanied choral comp. which eventually superseded conductus, although both were in use from 13th to early 16th cents. In 13th, 14th, and 15th cents. the motet was...

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Notker Balbulus

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

(b nr St Gallen, Switzerland, c.840; d St Gallen, 6 April 912).

Benedictine monk, scholar, and poet. He is one of the few medieval writers to whom a firm body ...

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prosa

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(Fr.). The medieval name for the text of a sequence, applied also to the sequence with its melody or, occasionally, to prosulas.

—/Alex Lingas

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trope

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

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A literary and musical composition grafted onto a Gregorian liturgical chant, as an introduction or by intercalation. It is...

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