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Month: March 2010

Ioannis Kondylakis: How the village turned Christian

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I’ve had an odd week, and as revenge against the elements, I’ve done a slightly odd thing. It’s Greek National Day, and Greek bloggers turn their thoughts to debates on nationalism. The Magnificent Nikos Sarantakos’ Blog was no exception, and during the discussion that developed, I made a glancing mention of the Cretan Muslims, a […]

Solage: Le basile

By: | Post date: March 13, 2010 | Comments: No Comments
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Le basile, like Pluseurs gens voy, counts as Ars Nova rather than Ars Subtilior, and there aren’t the rhythmic games hallowed in Subtilior. The rhythms are still wackier than Pluseurs gens: there is enough syncopation across barlines to justify the Mensurstich notation, and there is confusion about whether voices are off by half a bar […]

Solage: Pluseurs gens voy

By: | Post date: March 8, 2010 | Comments: No Comments
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With Pluseurs gens voy, we’re backing away from the crazy of Ars Subtilior, going back to what the Ars Subtilior was a mutant offshoot of: the Ars Nova of Machaut. Accordingly, there is less weirdness about the notation in this ballade; the one exception is in the middle section, where the Cantus, and possibly the […]

Solage: S’aincy estoit

By: | Post date: March 4, 2010 | Comments: 1 Comment
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This is the third of the Solage ballades, and the tricks of notation get worse and worse. We have one voice in a different metre than the other two (6/8 vs. 9/8, 3/4 vs. 2/2)—and not with the same measure length either; so the bars in the three voices coincide only every three or four […]

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