Cadences in Polyphony

The latest video of the project Early Music Sources focuses on cadences in the sixteenth an seventeenth century. In the episode are explained the various functions of each of the three major cadential formulas: cantizans, tenorizans and bassizans. Again, there are a series of footnotes and further readings available at the project’s website page.I my opinion, this is one the best achieved videos of the project. Very straightforward and providing a clear and simple explanation to this theoretical issue that is frequently quite confusing especially for musicians not familiar with music theory of this period.

In the second half of the video they use as an example of cadence analysis Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s beautiful five-voice motet Osculetur me from his Canticum Canticorum collection. The motet is here performed by The Hilliard Ensemble. Probably my favourite recording of this work.


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  3. Decker says:

    Wonderful post! Thank you!

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  4. The Palestrina motet is an amazing work!


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