The Mensural Structures of Busnoys's 'L'homme arme' Mass

Goursaud, Christian (2022) The Mensural Structures of Busnoys's 'L'homme arme' Mass. Journal of the Alamire Foundation, 14 (1). pp. 11-31. ISSN 2032-5371

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Abstract

This article offers an analysis of the mensural structures of Antoine Busnoys’s 'L’homme armé' mass. The premise of this analysis is that the mensural structure of the mass’s proportional tenor necessarily imposes its patterning on the three non-tenor polyphonic voices, hence minor modus in the proportional tenor relates to major modus in the other voices, and major modus in the proportional tenor is reflected at what might be termed a ‘macro-mensural’ level of organization in the non-tenor parts. Busnoys’s contrapuntal phrase structure, cadential points, and melodic patterning are shown variously to articulate the prevailing mensural structure and also at times to subvert it. This article attempts to explain how Busnoys used modus of both kinds not only as an abstract quality governing the application of imperfection and alteration, but as a creative compositional tool.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.JAF.5.128982
Dates:
DateEvent
17 November 2021Accepted
1 April 2022Published Online
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Christian Goursaud
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2022 10:15
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 10:01
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12727

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