Enríquez de Valderrábano

Fantasía 18 [del] primer tono


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 73


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

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type nIm+Im

Mode 1

Voices 3

Length (compases) 117


Tuning E

Courses 6

Final IV/0

Highest I/7

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty easy

Tempo medium

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Vocal notation


Rubric: “This Fantasia is of the first level [of difficulty]. Mode 1”. A free Fantasia (fantasía suelta) of 117 compases, that is, not based on preexisting material. It has a clear, lucid texture that is easily played. The opening theme (1) is not imitated, but rather repeated in various voices in varied guises.
Theme 2 appears as an imit motive in c. 21 to 35. This is followed by free “melodic” polyphony drawing some attention to a simple E – F – E head cell first seen at compas 4. Free polyphony leads to imits of 3 with same semitone head, something of a culmination and then free polyphony to the end. Like many of Valderrabano’s fantasias, Pujol’s transcription suppresses the beautiful use the composer makes of suspensions, for example, the preparation of the final cadence, c. 79-82. The opening & later parts (c. 36 ff) are fine examples of Valderrabano’s free polyphonic style.

Song Text

Modern edition(s)

Stein, Edwin E. (ed).. Twelve Franco-Flemish masses of the early sixteenth century. [Rochester, N.Y.]: [Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester], [1941].

Printed source(s)

Attaingnant, Pierre (ed.). Quintus liber tres missas continet. Paris: Attaingnant, 1532