Dawkins' GOD: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath

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The threefold repetition of the text began sometime in the tenth century and the text proved to be popular with the clergy for amplification and extension by troping the text. The Council of Trent purged the core text of the various tropes that had become attached to it. In Germany, the Agnus Dei was sung at the Communion itself, but in France and Italy it was sung during the fraction (breaking) of the consecrated loaves of bread. The melody is fairly simple and straightforward; the syllabic chant hovers around its two principal notes, G and A.

Nevertheless, his work reminds us of his accomplishments as an accomplished composer and musician. He might have been born in Brabant, in the town of Vorst (his Flemish name, De Vorste), a village near Brussels. 28 Chapter3 By 1491, he was a member of the choir of St. Peter's (Rome). " (Groves Dictionary, vol. 15, p. 275) Six mass compositions are known. Three are based upon French chansons, two upon plainchant (including the requiem), and one is lost. There are about twenty other sacred pieces, including six Magnificat settings, and a dozen secular chansons.

COMPOSING STYLE Franco-Flemish composers were endowed with what appeared to be an immeasurable supply of melodic and harmonic invention, all of which was tremendously enhanced by their intrepid experimentation and imitative polyphony. Their imitative techniques (canon, point of imitation, and imitative voice pairing) did more than merely furnish an engine by which the music could be driven. They also allowed for a fluid treatment of the texture and a varied series of chord progressions. Tension, color, and drama in the harmonic and melodic fabric were enhanced by the use of suspensions.

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