Friday, June 26, 2009


Fauxbourdon (also: Faux bourdon) – French for false bass – is a technique of musical harmonization used in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, particularly by composers of the Burgundian School. In its simplest form, fauxbourdon consists of the cantus firmus and two other parts a sixth and a perfect fourth below.

In plainsong, this term implies simple three part harmony, the plainsong being the top voice, and the two other voices each, respectively, a sixth and a fourth below the plainsong. This practice may have evolved from the English faburden, or vice-versa.

From Wikipedia

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