Lee, "The Rhythmic Interpretation of Monophonic Music
," Music Perception 1, no.
The Baroque period was the culmination of a long tradition, which began with monophonic music
like Gregorian chant, but which eventually became polyphonic, involving multiple, simultaneous lines of music that were independent of but compatible with one another, with no single musical line dominating.
Within these sections, the first two chapters examine the Muslim and Jewish musical traditions and the way these influenced the musics of southwestern and southern Europe (Ammon Shiloah) and the monophonic music
for the office of the later Middle Ages (Andrew Hughes), respectively; and while, in spite of the book's reorganization, many chapters in this volume maintain general connections to the topics found in its predecessor, the introduction of a piece on Muslim and Jewish music is definitely a novelty -- and a welcome addition.
In the second part, we emphasized the importance of dealing with the problem of generating expressive performances and described SAXEX, a computer system based on CBR techniques that is capable of performing expressive, monophonic music
that resembles human performance.
Whichever of Grocheo's terms for monophonic music
that we decide to use, simplex, civilis or his slightly preferred vulgaris, it is his treatment of this species that has given him his unique place in musicology.
They consider only monophonic music
, thereby sidestepping the complications of chords of multiple staves in a system.