The refrain cento: myth or motet?

Everist, Mark (1989) The refrain cento: myth or motet? Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 114, (2), pp. 164-188. (doi:10.1093/jrma/114.2.164).


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Of all the genres of thirteenth-century vernacular polyphony, none is more elusive than the so-called refrain cento. Such types of composition as the motet ente and the motet with a single terminal refrain make regular appearances in the literature on the thirteenth-century motet. Most of these genres are defined by the presence or absence of a refrain,' the musico-poetic entity which seems to drift from chanson to rondeau, to verse narrative, to motet. The nature of the problem concerns the degree to which the pieces which have been termed refrain cento can actually be seen to constitute a genre. Generic considerations will therefore be given some weight in this article

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/jrma/114.2.164
ISSNs: 1471-6933 (print)
Keywords: thirteenth, century, vernacular, polyphony, motet, everist
ePrint ID: 67498
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Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:25
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