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The Website Dedicated to The Research of Gaston Allaire, Ph.D.


Dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in the development of
modal polyphony through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance


My research is centered on the modal polyphony of the Renaissance (before 1600), and is in reaction to a generalized erroneous analytical approach influenced by an encompassing and highly successful tonal system familiar to successive generations of musicologists. In the words of the late music history professor, Egon. F. Kenton, in an unpublished "Preface" to my book The Theory of Hexachords:

"What is so hard for us to do is to be reconciled to the thought that a four-part structure is not in one key or mode, but that the single voices are in different hexachords, living a life of their own. We must not only be reconciled to this thought, we must--we should  at least try to--choose the proper  hexachords and interlock them automatically, just as we read a quartet score in three different clefs at the piano. The conclusion of this book will make obsolete almost all our editions of historical music. But a pioneer must always first destroy the jungle before creating a homestead. And this is a pioneering book."

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MORE ABOUT JOSQUIN AND MODULATIONS

Josquin Des Prez
(c. 1450-1521)

Ave Maria

Extracts


MORE ABOUT THE FRENCH POLYPHONIC CHANSON
AND THE ITALIAN BALLATA

Francesco Landini
(1325-1397)
Amor c'al tuo soggetto   After Ham
After Solmization


MUSIC OF THE TIME OF THE TWO HEXACHORD GUIDONIAN HAND

Guillaume de Machaut
(c. 1300-1377)
De toutes flours Chanson a3

Roy Henry's

Gloria

Cadences


THE SECRET LIFE OF THE BECUADRO SIGN
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Gilles Binchois
(c. 1300-1377)

Adieu m'amour...

Chanson a3


HEXACHORDAL-MODAL ANALYSIS

Claudin De Sermisy
(c. 1490-1562)
Pleni sunt caeli Duo
Josquin Des Prez O admirabile commercium Extract
Josquin Des Prez Quando natus est Extract
Claudin De Sermisy Benedictum Motet a3

EMENDATIONS TO PREVIOUS PAPERS

Guillaume Dufay
(c. 1400-1474)
Estrines moy  Chanson a3
Unknown A furore tuo Domine Motet a4
Guillaume de Machaut Comment peut on mieus Chanson a3
Claudin De Sermisy Mass extract Cadence