A Level Music: O Wilhelme Pastor Bone by John Taverner

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When was this piece written?
16th Century
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What type of music is this?
Sacred - would've been a votive antiphon in the service (sung as part of a religious service as an act ofdevotion)
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Name the resources
5 part choir
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Name the 5 voices
Treble, Mean, Countertenor, Tenor and Bass
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Do the parts split at all?
Yes, in bar 43 the trebles split until bar 47. This is referred to as 'gymel'
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Describe the structure
Divided into 2 main sections/stanzas with divisions within these stanzas, which can be divided by texture or numerically.
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Who are the 2 stanzas addressed to?
1st stanza is addressed to St William and the 2nd is a prayer for Cardinal Wolsey
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What is the tonality of this piece?
Modal, is starts and ends in Ionian Mode in F. Bar 22: the piece moves to G minor until bar 52 (with Eb in key of Gm)
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Give 9 key features of the harmony
Nota Combiata, suspension, not much dissonance, mainly root and 1st inversion chords, tierce di picardie (bar 32), cadences (plagal and perfect), passing notes, and no definite chord structure
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Give an example of where the nota combiata is found.
Bar 52
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Mention the cadences in this piece
Perfect cadence: bar 52 in bass and plagal cadence at end of piece
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Is there a definite chord structure?
No
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Is there much dissonance?
No
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Describe the rhythm (5 factors)
Quaver action, simple, similar throughout (minim followed by crotchets), many tied crothcets and in the opening, the treble part gives feeling of triple time rather than 4/4.
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Rhythm: What happens in the opening in the treble part?
Is gives a feeling of triple time rather than 4/4
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Talk about the metre
4/4 except bar 31 which is in 3/2
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What are the textures in this piece?
Mainly homorhythmic and homophonic/chordal. Elements of both contrapuntal and melody dominated homophony. It becomes more contrapuntal in the last 6 bars.
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Is there much imitation between the parts?
Yes, for example bar 23 there is a confer opum.
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What is antiphonal and does it feature in this piece?
It is call and response and yes.
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What is the word setting?
Mostly syllabic, apart from bars 51 and 56
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Is there any word painting?
No, no really,apart from in bars 23/24, 'vitae sordes' where the text talks of death and sounds minor
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Conjunct or disjunct?
Mainly conjunct with moments of disjunct (bar 58 - bass and treble parts) but 3rds, 4ths and 5ths are the norm
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Repetition?
Not much verbal repetition, until the end to emphasise the meaning of the text - popular in Renaissance music
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Explain what a cantus firmus is.
A given/fixed melody that is repeated between the parts. The other parts then fit around this, like a plainchant
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Give bar numbers as examples.
Bar 33: treble 1, then bar 38: bass part, then bar 43: treble 1 and finally in 48: countertenor.
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