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Cadences »

Chapter: Business Math, Politics, and Paradise: The Ars Nova

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Cadences That cadence incorporates both the Cé and the Gé, resolving in parallel to D and A, the notes that define the Dorian “pentachord.” The definin...

Canon »

Chapter: Machaut and His Progeny

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Canon Another word for a rubric like the “text” in this eccentric “rondeau”—especially one that, as here, enables the reader to deduce a concealed (bec...

Cantilena »

Chapter: Machaut and His Progeny

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Cantilena The new style of song-melody, composed with polyphonic accompaniment in mind, was called cantilena. By itself the melody was sufficient, maki...

Cantus Firmus as Trope of Glory »

Chapter: Emblems and Dynasties

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Cantus Firmus as Trope of Glory But first, its history: one that, like so much in the history of fifteenth-century music, begins with the English. And ...

“Caput” and the Beginnings of Four-Part Harmony »

Chapter: Emblems and Dynasties

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

“Caput” and the Beginnings of Four-Part Harmony The direct adoption from the English of the cyclic Mass as the standard “high” genre, and the way the “...

Careers and Lifestyles »

Chapter: Class of 1685 (I)

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Careers and Lifestyles Bach and Handel were born within a month of one another, about a hundred miles apart, in adjoining eastern German provinces (the...

Carissimi: Oratorio And Cantata »

Chapter: Fat Times and Lean

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Carissimi: Oratorio And Cantata The chief Italian composer of oratorios in the time of Schütz was Giacomo Carissimi (1605–74), a Roman priest who serve...

The Carnival Show »

Chapter: Opera from Monteverdi to Monteverdi

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Carnival Show In one of the most impressive feats of self-rejuvenation in the history of music, the septuagenarian Monteverdi, bestirred by the ins...

The Carolingian Renaissance »

Chapter: The Curtain Goes Up

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Carolingian Renaissance The nexus of imperial and papal authority thus achieved ushered in a short period comparable to the pax romana (“Roman peac...

Chaikovsky’s Ballets »

Chapter: Aristocratic Maximalism

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Chaikovsky’s Ballets The hidden subtext to this exchange was the fact that “la Sobiechtchanskaya” (that is, Anna Iosifovna Sobeshchanskaya [1842–1918],...

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