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Cantum Pulcriorem Invenire

The Latin song of the period c 1170 to c 1320, called conductus by contemporary authors, was composed and cultivated in both monophonic and polyphonic forms. Unlike its contemporary genres, the motet and organum, it was not based on any pre-existing musical or poetic material. The conductus may thus be recognised as the first coherent repertory of polyphonic music that was entirely composed – poetry and music – for the first time. Continue reading →