[Smt-talk] Coniuncta

JAY RAHN jayrahn at rogers.com
Tue Nov 1 08:30:50 PDT 2011

Tinctoris's third definition, 'the immediate joining of one note after another,' corresponds to Marchetto's usage throughout the Lucidarium: e.g., 'dispositio sive ordinatio sonorum sive vocum *ad invicem* in sillabis et dictionibus' (my emphasis: Luc. 9.1.2). 

The passage that follows this definition identifies 3 classes: those that span:
a) an interval smaller than a perfect 4th (termed 'conjunctions and syllables'); 
b) a perfect interval (in particular, 4th, 5th, 8ve, 11th, 12th, and 15th: termed 'conjunctions and species'); 
c) a non-perfect interval between a 4th and 8ve (in modern terms, a dim 5, aug 4, m6, M6, m7, M7, and dim 8ve: termed simply 'conjunctions'). 

Thereupon, he assigns romanized versions of ancient Greek names to particular 'genera' of the 2nd, 3rd, and perfect 4th conjunctions: diatonic, enharmonic and chromatic, as well as combinations of these (e.g., diatonic-chromatic). After this discussion, he discusses perfect 4th and 5th species that are a basis for his discussion of the 8 modes.

Particular realizations of perfect 4th and 5th species (initial, terminal etc.) are considered after his discussion of the 8 modes and later still he discusses interruptions of the 1st species of perfect 5th (plausibly taking a passage in Guido as his point of departure). 

Not included are what in modern terms would be called augmented primes. These figure elsewhere in the treatise, where he considers chromaticism that would occur in discant rather than chant (e.g., c-c#, c#-c). 

Jay Rahn, York University (Toronto)

>From: Massimiliano Guido <guido.massimiliano at gmail.com>
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>Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 10:12:48 AM
>Subject: [Smt-talk] Coniuncta
>Dear list,
>does anybody know about late (i.e. sixteenth century) occurrences of the term coniuncta in treatises? I'm referring specifically to what Tinctoris defined in Terminorum musicae diffinitorium, as ‘the making of an irregular tone where a semitone should be, or vice versa; the placing of a flat or natural sign in an irregular place; the immediate joining of one note after another.’
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