Enríquez de Valderrábano

Fantasía 12 [del] quinto tono


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 69v


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Source title Esta fantasia es del primero grado. Quinto tono.
Title in contents   Fantasia suelta en el primero grado.
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Category abstract

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type nIm+Im

Mode 5

Voices 3

Length (compases) 78


Tuning G

Courses 6

Final IV/0

Highest I/7

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty easy

Tempo medium

Song Text


Vocal notation


Rubric: “This fantasia is of the first [level]. Mode 5.” A fantasia suelta—not based on prexisting material, partially imitative. It is a short work of 78 compases, moving from beginning to end without pause, with a symmetrical proportional design: I 1-39; II 39-78, - exactly half.

I – begins imitatively with theme 1 > becoming freer with theme 2 > then cadential theme 3 over pedal C. > c. 25-39 is a development of the theme 1 material.
II – begins with tighter motivic imitation of theme 4 then, at c. 54, begins contrasting free homophony with sequence of theme 5 at c. 70 giving a sense of culmination.

Other interesting features: (1) abrupt harmonic turn at 43-44. (2) Developmental approach to thematic writing and counterpoint. (3) “Drone” texture – pedal.

This fantaisa was reprinted in Phalèse, Hortus Musarum [1552/11], Nº 9, in French tablature.