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Offline San Antone

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Re: The Historically Informed Performances (HIP) debate
« Reply #1620 on: November 20, 2018, 09:25:34 AM »
Thank you. If someone can find a youtube with an example of linear dissonance I'd be very interested. You make it sound as though the dissonant chord which may result is a neutral side effect.

Some people used to think that medieval harmony was just so bad that they must have been oblivious to it -- as if they didn't hear the harmonies when they listened, they just heard the simultaneous melodies in each voice. I don't know if anyone holds that view today.

Since we have been discussing the Parrott recording of the Machaut Messe, there is a good example in the Kyrie - from 4:00 to 4:54 there are several whole steps at the secondary cadences.  You can compare this with the Musica Nova version and hear how Parrott preserves the whole steps whereas Lucien Kandel raises the pitches to create half step motion.

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Depending upon the director, the amount of this kind of pitch adjustment is wholly discretionary and becomes part of their interpretation of the music.  Nothing is so rule-bound as to be say one is right or the other wrong - although if overdone it might destroy the modal quality.

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Re: The Historically Informed Performances (HIP) debate
« Reply #1621 on: November 20, 2018, 09:33:14 AM »
Thanks. I very much like the way Parrott does the cadence at the end of the final kyrie.
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