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date: 14 October 2019


The Oxford Companion to Music
Percy ScholesPercy Scholes, David HileyDavid Hiley, Alex LingasAlex Lingas

1 The more or less exact repetition of a melody at another level, higher or lower. If the repetition is only in the melody, with changed harmony, it is called a melodic sequence, and if the repetition is followed also in the harmony, a harmonic sequence. If the repetition is made without leaving the original key, which necessarily means that some of the intervals become larger or smaller by a semitone, it is called a tonal sequence. If, in order to preserve the exact intervals, the key is changed, the name given is ‘real sequence’ (...2 A type of Latin hymn, usually in couplets with the music repeating in the pattern A(A) BB CC DD, and so on. From the 9th century to the 16th sequences were sung on feast days after the alleluia at Mass in many parts of the Roman Catholic Church, but after censure during the ... ...

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