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By Knud Jeppesen

The maximum Renaissance writer of liturgical song, the respected sixteenth-century composer referred to as Palestrina wrote works that served for hundreds of years as types of counterpoint. until eventually The sort of Palestrina and the Dissonance, theoreticians seldom heavily analyzed the composer’s paintings to find its basic parts, together with the dealing with of rhythm, line, and harmony.
Beginning chapters speak about the traditional use of rhythm and mensuration in Palestrina’s time, the ecclesiastical modes, and remedy of phrases. writer Knud Jeppesen proceeds to discover Palestrina’s song by way of the weather that represent his own type, separating strange vertical traces and developing universal and unusual period skips and rhythmic accents.
The center of the publication provides a latest empirical therapy of dissonance. Palestrina's contrapuntal method solid new harmonic units, putting dissonance on unaccented beats and highlighting textual content in very unorthodox methods for his time. those new makes use of of dissonance and determination are explored in meticulous element. moreover, Jeppesen contains a entire background of the evolving suggestion and remedy of dissonance ahead of Palestrina, together with quotations from the earliest theoretical works and diverse musical examples that illustrate the practices of Palestrina’s predecessors.

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