Dufay and the 25th of March, 1436

Dufay and the 25th of March, 1436 - John Hawkins Medieval...

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John Hawkins Medieval and Renaissance Music Ms. Zayaruznaya September 27, 2010 Dufay and the 25 th of March, 1436 One of Guillame Dufay’s iconic pieces, Nuper rosarum flores , was commissioned to be performed during the long-awaited consecration of the cathedral of Florence on the 25 th of March, 1436. Much of what makes the piece iconic is not only it’s structure, but its structure relative to that of the cathedral, the creation of which was an important moment in the history of architecture. The structure of the song is divided into four equal parts of 56 breves each (28 breves of duet in the upper voices and 28 breves of 4-part polyphony). Each time the two lower voices come in, they come in with different mensuration signs (time signatures) that change the way the notes divide into each other, drastically changing the feel. The proportion that these time signatures make to eachother is 6:4:2:3. The factors of 4 and 7 (making 28) and 2 and 7 (exhibiting themselves in the way the lower voices use the cantus firmus) are also important and constant throughout
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