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Improvised Polyphony in the 14th Century (Lecture-Performance)

Whoever wants to discant... / Improvised Polyphony in the 14th Century. Niels Berentsen & Diskantores at Laus Polyphoniae, Amuz (Antwerp) 25/8/2016 Video by ...

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Comment by Niels Berentsen on October 10, 2017 at 13:31

Yes, I actually think this piece is quite close to what is described by Petrus dictus palma ociosa. I refer there to the principle of "adjacent consonances" ("species vicinori") which is explained in a number of 13th, 14th and 15th century treatises (amongst other Petrus'), and which - apart from the obvious 2v examples - you can find in a lot of 3v pieces (among which the Messe de Tournai).

Comment by Oliver Gerlach on October 10, 2017 at 3:57

You mean more in the sense of what was described by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson as improvised polyphony (he referred to the Compendium de discantu mensurabili by Petrus dictus palma ociosa):

Leech-Wilkinson, Daniel J. “Written and improvised polyphony.” In Polyphonies de tradition orale: histoire et traditions vivantes : Actes du Colloque de Royaumont, 1990, ed. Michel Huglo & Christian Meyer, 171–82. Rencontres à Royaumont 6. Paris: Créaphis, 1993.
See also Rob Wegman's edition and translation whose examples are more useful than the edition by Johannes Wolf (TML).
Comment by Niels Berentsen on October 9, 2017 at 16:58

Thank you Oliver! We may at some point perform the whole mass. My starting point was that - even if the Franconian sections - are in a 13th century idiom, they might have been updated to reflect a more 14th century taste, hense all the ficta.

Comment by Oliver Gerlach on October 3, 2017 at 8:04

I think this is a very fine approach to the "Messe de Tournai". I thank you for posting this!

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