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use of portative organ

I have long been wondering if the portative organ might not have been used more often for accompanying secular as well as sacred polyphony in the middle ages - perhaps even as early as the 13th century (second half?): it blends VERY well with voices.

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I think that the most LIKELY significance of the quilisma (= tremula) is a vibrato, probably connected with a portamento. I think it is rather unlikely that it signifies some sort of trill or tremolo, as the abundance of quilismas in manuscripts woul

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