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Music for a Knight #13 - Notum fecit

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Uploaded on Dec 19, 2009

Nos. 13 and 15 Notre Dame School of Polyphony (1170-1250)
The only composers whose names were preserved from this time are Léonin and Pérotin. Both were mentioned by an anonymous student, known as Anonymous IV, who was either working or studying at Notre Dame later in the 13th century. Apart from naming the two composers and specifying that they compiled the big book of organum known as the Magnus Liber Organi, he provided exiting bits of information on the music and the principles involved in its composition.

No. 13 4-part organum: Notum fecit by Pérotin (1180-1225)
Organum was originally improvised; while one singer performed a notated melody (the vox principalis), another singer- singing "by ear" - provided the unnotated second melody (the vox organalis). Over time, composers began to write added parts that were not just simple transpositions, and thus true polyphony was born. Here is one of Pérotin's 4-part organum, using four voices rather than just two.

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