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Piece: Nuper rosarum Flores - Dufay

What does this "time signature" mean? I've read that it's about the taleas but I've read different stuff too, please help :)

  • A circle used to denote 3/4, (and maybe 3/2), which was changed to a broken circle (C) for 4/4, although with 12/4 looking like it would be from the dots, who knows?!
    – Tim
    Mar 31, 2018 at 15:12
  • On an older post I was told that there were no bar lines in the Renaissance (piece is from 1437) so the bar lines are for modern composers to find their way around, thx though ^^
    – user45165
    Mar 31, 2018 at 15:15

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This is what the Wikipedia article on the piece says.



  • 2
    I don't think so, these are common signs in Mensurnotation, I just still don't get why there are 4 instead of 1
    – user45165
    Mar 31, 2018 at 14:42
  • 1
    So I discover! I've modified my answer.
    – Laurence
    Mar 31, 2018 at 14:45

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