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Toccata Terza in G minor by Girolamo Frescobaldi 0. Frescobaldi's Il Primo by Girolamo Frescobaldi 0. D'Arie Musicali Per Cantarsi. For centuries musical theory and practice had been founded upon the principle of the inviolability of the diatonic modes which, despite constant violation and deviation, had always provided a certain, fixed point of reference in which to believe. Now, however, a vast, new world of sound was opened up, in which the generalised use of musical procedures using tones extraneous to the diatonic system of the modes, formerly reserved for use at cadence points.
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The rich palette of sound which composers now had available is an indication of the extent to which the horizon had broadened beyond the diatonic system of the modes, a system which it becomes increasingly difficult to regard as the focal centre of the new musical possibilities at the composer's disposal. The musical material used here, as in other compositions of this period, is so rich that any attempt to trace a system of reference based upon the modes would involve too many exclusions, exceptions and lengthy explanations to be acceptable to any but the most willing critic.
On the other hand, however, the experimental use of the basso continuo, a compositional device that radically modifies the musical perspective towards a vertical conception of the diachronic development of the musical subjects, does not yet in this transitional period allow the critic to indulge in speculation that would strain and probably distort the very concept of harmony as it is understood today.
Thus, though one could be tempted to interpret certain movements of the bass line, certain caesuras and certain tensions in compositions of this period by the criteria of harmonic logic, and to infer the presence of phenomena relating to the principles of tonality, the price to be paid is once again to force back on to the history of music compositional processes which, if observed from a diametrically opposed vantage point, would instead appear as projections into the future.
In the light of the above, it would seem reasonable to work on the hypothesis of a transitional system of reference that stands as a bridge between the old modal system and the new tonal system; a passing order for a particular historical moment, characterised in a certain manner and based upon principles that can to some extent serve as a basis for our understanding of the compositional procedures of the fascinating but problematic works of this period.
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A system which, without completely rejecting the compositional processes of a recent past, nevertheless allows us to see in perspective those problem areas, that were soon to find their solution within a new order, within a system based upon a compromise between modal and tonal thought.
It is at the point of overlap between these two systems - each one independent and governed by its own rules - that we may find the material necessary for the definition of a transitional system as described above. Let us consider one possibile approach.
In a given modal scale, not all the notes stand in a fixed, unchangeable relation to the finalis. In certain circumstances individual notes may be momentarily altered, but without actually constituting a deviation as such from the original mode of reference. In play here is the concept of "modal mobility", according to which mediaeval theory is not always sufficient to explain satisfactorily the whole repertoire of modally inspired music.
The theory of "modal mobility" hypothesises the existence of scales whose constituent notes are partially "mobile", i. In other words, unless other determinant factors linked to the structure and to the formal development of the piece come into play, one should not consider every note that is extraneous to the home mode as a deviation from it. Clearly, we are not here concerned with changes involving the transposition of the diatonic mode from its original home to a different degree of the scale, changes which are, in fact, usually indicated by a change of clef.
These extraneous notes should, rather, be interpreted as a widening of the natural reserve offered by the diatonic home mode, which is thus enriched by new tones and new intervals with respect to the finalis. In this way, each diatonic mode may be seen as having not only its basic diatonic form, but also other secondary, dependent forms with non-diatonic tones - the "mobile degrees" - that play their part in the whole.
These "mobile tones" may in different moments take on different aspects, different nuances, subtle changes of colour, but always in relation to the frame of reference provided by the basic diatonic form and by their relation to the finalis. On the basis of the concepts of "mobile degree" and "nuance", the momentary lowering of the sixth degree of the Dorian scale signifying a reduction of a semitone in the interval between the sixth degree and the finalis, from major to minor sixth may be interpreted as an "Aeolian" or "Phrygian nuance", as it is these two modes that have an interval of a minor sixth between the sixth degree of the scale and the finalis.
Similarly, the temporary raising of the fourth degree of the Ionian scale by a semitone from perfect fourth to augmented fourth in relation to the finalis may be seen as a "Lydian nuance", as the augmented fourth between the fourth degree of the scale and the finalis is characteristic of the Lydian mode. In more general terms - and bearing in mind that the musical theory upon which Frescobaldi's toccatas are based may be traced back to the twelve mode system of Glareanus - a tone foreign to the home mode and the resulting "improper" interval in relation to the finalis may, within certain limits, be interpreted as a borrowing from the mode or modes in which such an interval would be "proper".
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In this way, we can read as "normal" musical events which would have to be regarded as exceptions in either the system of diatonic modes in its "pure" form or in the major-minor key system. Thus the transitional system that we mentioned above - the bridge between the modal and the tonal worlds, as it were - may be broadly defined as an "enlarged" modal system.
Of the twelve toccatas of the first book, four are in the Dorian mode transposed up a fourth Nos.
Even a quick glance, however, is enough to confirm that the home modes just mentioned serve as no more than the framework for these varied, complex works. Hardly a bar goes by without at least one non-diatonic tone being used in one way or another: sometimes the diatonic note is raised to achieve almost an effect of tonality; at other times it is lowered in order to reinforce the modal nature of certain passages which would otherwise tend towards the "modern" major or minor key system; sometimes it transforms a major chord into a minor one or vice-versa by raising or lowering the third; sometimes it is used to frustrate the expectations created by a particular musical progression; sometimes simply as an alternative to the diatonic note, the other side of the same coin.
What we see, then, is a richly varied use of the musical palette, a clear tendency towards the enlargement of the old system of reference based upon the modal scales, which pushes it almost to its limits.
A compositional method already encountered in the works of Mayone and Trabaci which, with Frescobaldi, seems to lose both the sense that there is a certain lack of design and the somewhat forced feeling that is sometimes found in the works of the Neapolitans. In Frescobaldi's works, individual events tend to form a balanced, homogeneous whole, following a logic that ensures continuity between the single event and the whole piece.
In those works in which the principle of the mobility of the degrees of the scale is most rigorously applied, the style of writing openly declares the fact. The twelfth toccata, in fact, is wholly built around the intensive exploitation of dissonance and delay, and belongs to the "durezze e legature" harshness and suspensions style already found in some works of the Neapolitan school. The work provides an example of the kind of experimental research in the field of harmony that is typical of the early Baroque. The influence of the Venetian heritage is less evident in these toccatas, and is anyway to be sought more in the formal aspects of the works than in their musical content.