hexachord

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hex·a·chord

 (hĕk′sə-kôrd′)
n.
A sequence of six tones with a semitone in the middle, the others being whole tones, that was used in medieval music.

[Medieval Latin hexachordum, from Latin hexachordos, having six strings or stops : Greek hexa-, hexa- + Greek -khordos, string, note (from khordē; see cord).]

hexachord

(ˈhɛksəˌkɔːd)
n
(Music, other) (in medieval musical theory) any of three diatonic scales based upon C, F, and G, each consisting of six notes, from which solmization was developed

hex•a•chord

(ˈhɛk səˌkɔrd)

n.
a diatonic series of six tones having a half step between the third and fourth tones and whole steps between the others.
[1685–95; < Late Greek hexáchordos having six strings]
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David von Augsburg's treatise De exterioris et interioris hominis compositions, discussed in the fourth chapter, contains a section with a primer on Guido d'Arezzo's gamut and the associated syllables of the three hexachords.
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Cicada, cricket, we were drilled by insect hexachords, the quarry garbled and transumed whatever sentence we passed upon the dark, upon the rushes that swayed in the far shallows, and the throb - monotonous, incessant - that was the quarry's breathing: who needed words?
The second book briefly discusses the hexachords arid the third addresses the ratios of the intervals via the monochord.
And while Wolpe uses the technique of a continuous development of material through the use of highly contrapuntal textures and the alternation of the two hexachords that freely circulate and gradually interface and merge with one another, Shapey employs a more traditional format, variation form.
The ut-fa-re motif appears as C-G-D in the natural hexachord, and is also transposed into the hard and soft hexachords, as G-C-A and F-B [flat]-G respectively, maintaining the interval structure of ascending 4th-descending minor 3rd.
He argues that a diminished seventh produced by the framing tritones of the row's two hexachords acts as a deep, or background, symmetrical structure against which the row forms unfold.