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Medieval Music

Secular and Sacred Music in Middle AGES

TermDefinition
melismatic Long groups of notes set to a single syllable of text.
mode A scale pattern, major or minor, used in composition.
modal Various melodic and harmonic types that prevailed in the medieval and Renaissance eras.
organum Earliest polyphonic music, added second voice to a Gregorian chant at a fourth or fifth interval. Eventually individual voices moved not only in parallel motion but in contrary motion.
introit Text of Proper Mass, unique to that day
liturgy Set order of church services and structure of each service.
neumatic Small groups of 5 or 6 notes sung to a single syllable of text.
oblique Once voice static while the other is moving.