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Canons (Music)


  • Musical works with a melody that is imitated at a particular interval of time, generally note-for-note. For works based on canonic imitation that generally begin with a subject that recurs frequently throughout see [Fugues.]

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    • found: Grove music online, viewed July 8, 2014(Canon; originally referred to an inscribed formula or instruction which the performer would implement in order to realize one or more parts from the given notation; one possibility was extracting a second voice from the given voice at a specified intervallic and temporal distance; the word 'canon' eventually came to mean the polyphonic texture of two or more voices created by the procedure, which is its primary meaning today)
    • found: Oxford dictionary of music online, viewed July 8, 2014(Canon; strictest form of contrapuntal imitation; applied to counterpoint in which one melodic strand gives the rule to another, or to all the others, which must, at an interval of time, imitate it, note for note; simple forms of choral canon are the catch and the round)
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    • Musical works with a melody that is imitated at a particular interval of time, generally note-for-note. For works based on canonic imitation that generally begin with a subject that recurs frequently throughout see [Fugues.]
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    • Note under [Fugues]
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    • 2014-12-10: new
    • 2015-12-02: revised
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