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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

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Published date: 1989
Keywords: thirteenth, century, vernacular, polyphony, motet, everist


Local EPrints ID: 67498
ISSN: 1471-6933
PURE UUID: 0a4e17c1-5584-444c-a26b-93e4e62b52df

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Date deposited: 27 Aug 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:18

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