William Byrd's Modal Practice

William Byrd's Modal Practice

by John Harley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754634418

ISBN-13: 9780754634416

Pub. Date: 05/01/2005

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

No English writers about music during Byrd's (1542-1632) time, dealt extensively with modes, says Harley, but foreign treatises on it were available in England, and Byrd's music had much in common with the music that was known to continental theorists, so he explores the extent to which Byrd's music exhibits characteristics those theorists would think of as modal. He…  See more details below

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No English writers about music during Byrd's (1542-1632) time, dealt extensively with modes, says Harley, but foreign treatises on it were available in England, and Byrd's music had much in common with the music that was known to continental theorists, so he explores the extent to which Byrd's music exhibits characteristics those theorists would think of as modal. He considers Byrd's early training, some preliminary concepts, key and tonality, cadences, melodic range and shape, vocal clefs, choice of key, and tonal design. He concludes that Byrd compositional methods were probably not based on modal theory, but that the theory was based on the kind of music he wrote. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754634416
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Byrd's early training1
2Some preliminary concepts5
3Key and tonality23
4Cadences41
5Melodic range63
6Melodic shape76
7Vocal clefs93
8Choice of key102
9Tonal design112
10Conclusions130

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