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Contratenor altus (Lat.: ‘high [part] against the tenor’)locked

  • Owen Jander

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A line in polyphony lying just above the tenor. In the 15th century, as music came to be written in four rather than only three voices, composers approached the addition of the fourth voice by an extension of earlier compositional procedure. The most common arrangement of three voices had been superius (or cantus), tenor and ...

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