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Nota cambiata

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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A type of Non-harmonic note. The term was introduced by Angelo Berardi (Miscellanea musicale, 1689) for an accented passing note, but after the publication of Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum (1725) it came to mean an unaccented non-harmonic note quitted by leap of a 3rd downwards; when used on its own, the noun Cambiata has a different (though related) meaning.

Both the ‘Berardian cambiata’ and the ‘Fuxian cambiata’ are regular features of Palestrina’s

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