Luis Milán

Fantasía 15 del quinto y sexto tono


El Maestro (1536), fol. E1


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Source title (...) ya os dire que todo lo que es redobles que los agays apriessa y la consonancia a espacio. De manera que en vna misma fantasia aueys de hazer mutacion de compas.y por esto os dire que esta musica no tiene mucho respecto al compas para darle su natural ayre y va esta fantasia por los terminos del quinto y sexto tono.
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Genre fantasia

Fantasia type Id+Im

Mode 5+6

Voices 4

Length (compases) 136


Tuning A

Courses 6

Final V/3

Highest I/7

Lowest VI/1

Difficulty not specified

Tempo variable

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A polythematic sectional fantasia in consonancia y redoble style. The general direction of the work seems to be that of upward thrusts, gaining in momentum and intensity, then forming a homophonic plateau and tapering away. My sectionalization is based upon the “coronadas” that Milán has included. This is undoubtedly a beautiful work with a distinctive distinctive sound: it features a section in triple metre (dance-like), cross-relations. Melodic development and implicit suggestion is used to increase intensity. Dance like qualities are obviously associable with the tañer de gala style. In broad terms, sections I-VIII = development, intensity growth, section IX = culmination, and section X = gentle release [coda].