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Consecutive fifths, consecutive octaves

William Drabkin

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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In part-writing, the simultaneous duplication of the melodic line of one part by another at the interval of a perfect 5th (ex.1a) or an octave (ex.1b), or any equivalent compound interval.

In the earliest stages of polyphony, from the 11th century to the 13th, only the unison, the 5th and the octave were regarded as true consonances to be used at cadences and other strong points of articulation. Consecutive

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Subjects: Music

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