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My understanding is that old plainsong was deliberately non-metered. According to a book I have about hymnody the purpose was to distinguish it from secular, metered music. The quote from the book seems to reinforce that idea by promoting a flexible approach to rhythm: "...allow the singers freedom of rhythm..." He also says the various notes used ...


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The passage in question has natural trumpet as well as horn which will make intonation more difficult or even impossible. On a horn, the hand can be used to adjust the pitch, but you cannot do this on a natural trumpet. It is possible to adjust the pitch slightly with the lips, but this can only go so far. You can probably correct the B flat and D harmonics, ...


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The music has the hallmarks of classical style, but it is written in modern times. That is the literal meaning, but most of the stuff has some kind of expanded harmonic palette - seventh and ninth chord, maybe quartal harmony - or greater tolerance of dissonance. So, moderate phrase length and even proportions, fairly simple lines and homophonic texture, and ...


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Like other answers say the term neo - classicism is referring primarily to the classical form and is an oppositional movement to romanticism. I’d like to add this translated quotation of an ETH-periodic journal: The fact that the term "classicism" is bound up requires a definition and clarification, precisely because this term is often discussed ...


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Aesthetic trends do (in the end) turn out to be a movement, no? The quotation you cited mentioned that it was not an organized movement. Some artistic "movements" are focused, with a clear leader or a certain group of individuals that set out on a specific path, or at least a group that perhaps share a common geographical location or education or ...


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Stravinskian neo-classicism did briefly become a movement, especially in France in the 1920s and 30s. On the other hand, Stravinsky’s and Prokofiev’s early neoclassical works ca 1916-1920 were not part of any particular movement or aesthetic leaning. Basically you are right, this type of neoclassicism refers to works around 1920-1950 which self consciously ...


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