from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medieval music: The third part in polyphonic composition, counting upward from the tenor as one; treble.
- n. A composition for three voices.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
It is striking, however, that the composer ignores the usual hierarchy between motetus and triplum and treats all three voices equally, or both higher ones as a kind of duo, the lower one as “harmony carrier” though not rhythmically separated.
Whilst the text of the motetus is in Latin and is religious in character, the text of the triplum is secular and in a northern French dialect scattered with words from the Picardy dialect.
The Sanctus is notated as a motet, with the duplum and triplum in two columns and the tenor at the bottom of the page, each line being provided with its own text.
The compositions remained the same as formerly, triplum, quadruplum, etc.
All of these forms were also distinguished as duplum, triplum and quadruplum, according to the number of voices.
Back then, the four voices (tenor (todays bass), counter-tenor (todays taille), motetus (todays haute-contre) and triplum (todays dessus)) all sang from the same clef.
Efto: Sc exceflui» quo eft maeis quam triplum, aquale fit fpatium k ..
Sit primd minturquam triplum » eruntq; du« refiquaf port&o*
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