Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old form of vocal composition in which the tenor, instead of being confined to canto fermo, was, like the other parts, invented or freely treated by the composer. It was called conductus simplex, duplex (also
triplum), etc., but the nature of these distinctions is matter of controversy.
- n. An unendowed chaplain: the name and office are both retained at Eton.
“This prose or "conductus", however, was not a part of the office, but only a preliminary to Vespers sung while the procession of subdeacons moved from the church door to the choir.”
“I have some music reading dates set up w/JmB and JO - medieval conductus, 17th century monody (Luzzaschi, anyone?), and hot, fresh compositions by JmB.”
“There are two distinct textures for the polyphonic works: a “discant” style, in which the two voice parts generally move together (as in the conductus and the Benedicamus tropes), and an “organal” style in which the upper voice part sings a rhapsodic melody against the long-held notes of a lower tenor voice based on a liturgical chant (as in adiutor an the tropped Kyrie: Cunctipotens).”
“Arabic influence may have some part in the genesis of the songs, although the tonality of the Cantigas (mainly Dorian and Mixolydian modes) and basic structure are European; the virelai serves as the basic form, already in use with the Latin conductus, and divided into refrain – mudanza – vuelta – refrain (AA-bb-aa-AA, as in N.º 361).”
“Then, singing another conductus, the clerks move on to the meal in the refectory, where another ceremony takes place, with a reading and farsumen.”
“After a request for blessing adressed to the bishop, followed by the blessing itself, a processional chant conductus takes us from the chancel to the Chapter house.”
“This new type of song could be heard in the church above all as conductus, or in the place of the Benedicamus, or, at the cathedral of Le Puy, as farsumen.”
“Its homophonic and homorhythmic style recall the old conductus, long since fallen ou of fashion.”
“The conductus heard here survives only in the Le Puy sources, and its style shows that the office itself originated in the period when his song art was in full flower.”
“After the Suppression of the Jesuits, Boscovich became a captain in the French navy and was able to travel through France using a salvus conductus given him by Louis XV.”
Looking for tweets for conductus.