Mikolaj Zielenski's cantus alleluiaticus
CANTUS ALLELUIATICUS OF MIKOLAJ ZIELENSKI
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Musical elaborations of the word alleluia are especially numerous in Mikolaj Zielenski's compositions. There are several characteristic features of these elaborations, such as predominance of syllabic over melismatic movement of melody, different patterns of accentuation in opposed choirs in his multi-choir compositions, and many others. Different rhythms and declamations of the word alleluia are the starting-point in the process of composition which begins with a single word and grows to great compositive structures.
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