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Declamation

Owen Jander.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Early Music Theory; Opera; Music; Musical Aesthetics. 220 words.

In music, the relation between verbal stress and melodic accent in the setting and delivery of a text. Clear and appropriate text setting, measured by quantity or quality, was extolled...

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Dotted rhythms

Stephen E. Hefling.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Production Engineering; Early Music Theory; Music; Performance Practice and Studies. 2160 words.

Rhythms in which long notes alternate with one or more short notes, so called because the long notes are usually written with the aid of the dot of addition (see Note values). Dotted...

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Instrument

Howard Mayer Brown.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Early Music Theory; Music Theory and Analysis; Music. 227 words.

(Ger.)

Although it now has only the general meaning of ‘musical instrument’, the word ‘Instrument’ in German used to have the more specific meaning of ‘keyboard instrument’. To...

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Kolorieren

Claus Bockmaier.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Production Engineering; Early Music Theory; Music; Performance Practice and Studies. 192 words.

(Ger., from Lat. colorare: ‘to ornament’)

To introduce Coloration. A term used in German-speaking lands during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to describe the use of...

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Meane

Owen Jander.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Early Music Theory; Music. 217 words.

[mean, mene] (from Old Fr. moien, or meien: ‘middle’)

English term referring originally to the middle part of a three-voice polyphonic texture. R. Brunne’s Chronical of Wace (cnull...

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Pythagorean intonation

Mark Lindley.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Early Music Theory; Music. 1401 words.

A tuning of the scale in which all 5ths and 4ths are pure (untempered). Pythagorean tuning provides intonations of several types of scale. A series of five 5ths and 4ths includes the pitch...

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Sortisatio

Howard Mayer Brown.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Early Music Theory; Music; Performance Practice and Studies. 286 words.

(Lat.)

A word for improvised counterpoint, and especially for florid melodies added to a cantus prius factus, used in Germany from c1500 to the middle of the 17th century. The word...

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Wolf

Guy Oldham and Mark Lindley.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Acoustics Theory; Early Music Theory; Music. 477 words.

The name given to two undesirable and unpleasant sound effects which may occur in musical performance, one having to do with temperament and tuning, the other with a structural...

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