7 Replies to “Organum is Beautiful on Chant Verses”

  1. Definitely not organum, this wood be some form of simple fauxbourdon/faburden, schematic, originally mostly improvised, harmonisation of chant with parallel 6-3 chords, with 8-5 at the cadences…

  2. I believe the term that would apply here is "parallel organum," which predates other forms.

  3. This is not parallel organum, since there is a "progression" at the cadence. It is faburden, in which the middle voice keeps the chant melody, the top voice sings in parallel fourths, and the bottom voice begins and ends a fifth below the chant, but otherwise moves in parallel thirds with it. It is a technique of improvisation that seems to have originated in England.

  4. While proper terminology is important ( and in the category of "use it or lose it," I'd forgotten about fauxbourdon), I think an important item, again, to take away from this post is the flexibility of chant and proto-polyphonic music when it comes to functional Church music. That last idea ( functional music) was featured in an OCP article… We regularly "dress up" the Simple English Propers with drones and parallel organum. The fauxbourdon is another technical trick I may use this fall when our choir resumes!

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