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Voci pari, voci mutate (It.: ‘equal voices’, ‘changed voices’)locked

  • Frank Carey


Terms applied in the 16th century to vocal compositions in which the total compass of all parts was restricted to a limited range. Voci pari (and its equivalents voix pareilles, voces pares and voces ad aequales) meant that the individual parts of the work so designated shared an equal or nearly equal range, either high (SSAA) or low (ATTB or TTBB). The Italian term ‘voci mutate’ (Lat. ...

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