Enríquez de Valderrábano

Fantasía 24 sobre un Quia fecit


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 77


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Source title Esta fantasia va sobre vn qa fecit. Octauo tono. Segundo grado.
Title in contents   Fantasia en el segundo grado remedando a vn quia fecit de contra punto.
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Category abstract

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type Par

Mode 8

Voices 3

Length (compases) 112


Tuning E

Courses 6

Final VI/3

Highest I/8

Lowest VI/2

Difficulty medium

Tempo medium

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Vocal notation


Rubric: “this fantasia is based on a Quia fecit”. A short parody (112 compases) on an unidentified Magnificat verse, . Valderrabano refers to it in the table of contents as “de contrapunto,” usually a reference to imitative treatment. Certainly more motivic and quasi-imitative than many of his other fantasias. It has, perhaps, more cadential orientation than others, and modulates to areas not typical of mode 8 e.g. to “A minor” at c. 72. It begins with rather loosely resembled versions of theme 1 imitated broadly. The work develops an initial theme until c.25, then theme 2 is twice stated. At c.40, theme 3 is imitated in canon and then suelto twice in top voice. Thereafter music flows freely from cadence to cadence. A semblance of theme 2 is given at c.85 ff and a frequent motive in Valderrabano’s music appears at c.91 = theme 4 >> free to end.