Musical Borrowing
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[+] Fassler, Margot E. "The Role of the Parisian Sequence in the Evolution of Notre Dame Polyphony." Speculum 62 (April 1987): 345-74.

The dominance of rhythmic texts in the twelfth-century sequence, conductus, versus, and related genres imposed a structural framework on their musical settings which was crucial to the development of "rhythm" in Notre-Dame polyphony. In the sequence repertory, it was not uncommon to borrow the text and melody from another source and use them as a basis for the composition at hand. The high level of sophistication possible using this technique is illustrated by the use of the hymn Ave maris stella as both a textual and melodic source for the sequence O Maria stella maris, where the music of the sequence is a theme with variations upon the original hymn melody.

Index Classifications: Monophony to 1300

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