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Talea (Lat.: ‘a cutting’)locked

  • Ernest H. Sanders

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A medieval term usually understood to denote a freely invented rhythmic configuration, several statements of which constitute the note values of the tenor of an isorhythmic motet (or of its first section, if diminution is later applied to the tenor).

While medieval writers were far from unanimous in their use of ‘talea’ and ‘color’, modern musicology has been influenced by the definitions that Johannes de Muris, the first to mention talea (...

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