Enríquez de Valderrábano

Fantasía 23 [del] primer tono


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 76v


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Source title Esta fantasia es del tercero grado. Primero tono.
Title in contents   Fantasia en el tercero grado suelta.
Text incipit


Category abstract

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type ImP

Mode 1

Voices 4

Length (compases) 74


Tuning E

Courses 6

Final IV/0

Highest I/8

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty difficult

Tempo medium

Song Text


Vocal notation


Rubric: “This fantasia is of the third level [of difficulty]. Mode 1”. Here we have a short polythematic fantasia of 74 compases that opens and closes with not too rigorous imitation, between which is sandwiched idiomatic writing with a large proportion of redobles.
Theme I begins a section of loose imitation, followed by free phrases to K at c. 25. Theme 1 is stated again to begin the redoble section which occupies most of the piece. A cadence at c. 60 and stretto of theme 2 (perhaps to reinforce the return to the modal centre?) begins the final section.