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Contrapunctus : Les pratiques polyphoniques improvisées du plain-chant dans les sources théoriques et musicales de la Renaissance

Abstract : This Phd contributes to revalorize polyphonic practices of plainsong in the Renaissance, a work undertaken in recent years by certain music historians. In a culture where the arrival of the printing press profoundly disrupts the relationship between society and the written word, improvisation on Gregorian chant is distinguished by its ephemeral and immaterial character, generating the admiration of musicians and theorists. The latter refer to this usage and use different names for this such as "discantus", "cantus super librum", "contrapunto alla mente", "sortisatio" or in French "chant sur le livre". These names thus denote different ways of conceiving the vocal counterpoint. The writings of these authors make it possible to reconstitute a sound image of the polyphonies developed during the performance. Renaissance musical sources also contain a large body of compositions using techniques developed by contrapuntists. These manuscripts and prints lead us to question the notation of improvised polyphonic practices, their destination as well as the styles developed in these pieces.
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Jérémie Couleau. Contrapunctus : Les pratiques polyphoniques improvisées du plain-chant dans les sources théoriques et musicales de la Renaissance. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 2015. Français. ⟨tel-02974548⟩

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