The Analysis and Composition of Polymorphic Canons

Author(s): 
Robert Gauldin
Volume: 
33
Year: 
2019
Material: 
Abstract: 

Although theorists have examined various aspects of the canonic genre, scant attention has been given to the polymorphic canon, a designation which Prout bestowed on those pieces with multiple solutions. This article focuses on two prototypical examples, the anonymous Non nobis Domine and a seven-measure dux by G. H. Stölzel quoted in Marpurg’s Abhandlung, from whose analyses we may extract recurring melodic paradigms prior to providing practical guidelines for their composition.