Luis Milán

Fantasía [07] del tercero tono


El Maestro (1536), fol. C3


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Source title Esta fantasia que aqui debaxo esta figurada es del tercero tono y quanto mas se tañera con el compas apressurado mejor parecera. (...)
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Category abstract

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type ImP

Mode 3

Voices 3

Length (compases) 122


Tuning A

Courses 6

Final V/2

Highest I/7

Lowest VI/2

Difficulty not specified

Tempo fast

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Polythematic imitative fantasia in mode 3. Typical Milán fantasia of many short ideas following one another. Generally, most of the 9 sections are well connected except from II ➞ III where the logic is less clear, unless it is supposed to be a cadential appendage to the former. The Milán technique of building a contrasting cadence onto the end of a section applies here, and also to internal cadences within episodes VI & VII. The diagram representing the work could be interpreted as a symmetrical construction about V, (tonality) but rather V is the point where the established pattern is broken. Note thematic similarities of 1, 4, 5, 6, 8.