Sicut Cervus Essay

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Analysis 5
Sicut Cervus

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was an Italian Renaissance composer of spiritual music and the best­known 16th­century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He has had a marvelous influence on the development of church music, and his work has often been seen as the culmination of Renaissance polyphony. Palestrina's masses show how his compositional style developed over time. One of the symbols of Palestrina's music is that dissonances are typically credited to the "weak" beats in a measure.This produced a smoother and more consonant type of polyphony which we now consider late Renaissance music, given Palestrina's position as Europe's leading composer. In this piece, Sicut Cervus,
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Compositional Techniques Used
This piece is text driven, beginning with “like” or “as” which means it has a simile in the piece. Similes have three parts in the sentence; the first comparison, the “like” or “as” and the second comparison. Palestrina has three parts, or sections right when the cadences happen. The second section is shorter than one and three, having only two voices. The entrances are a bit imitative, every cadence. The melodic line moves diatonic, complex frame and shows the mood and characters throughout the text, with four voices.

Form and Structure
Contrast is the form in this 5th species masterpiece, because all three sections had different text painting to construct the feeling, and motion of the piece. With the heroic help of polyphonic texture that happens throughout the piece, it helps balance the voice parts throughout all three sections, and also helps all the voices come to harmonize together throughout the piece, that ALSO help to create the contrast of this masterpiece. Then with all these little pieces of incredible creations coming together to create this masterpiece, also helped create the strong, and powerful structure of this piece. The cause of this strong and powerful structure mainly comes from the word and text painting that comes together to help stabilize the harmony, and balance that is listened to threw out the masterpiece.

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