Alonso Mudarra

Fantasía 13, del quinto tono


Tres libros de música en cifra (1546), fol. I/22


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Source title Fantasia del quinto tono.
Title in contents   Otra fantasia al te[m]ple nueuo
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Category abstract

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type nIm+Im

Mode 5

Voices 3

Length (compases) 62


Tuning C =4

Courses 4

Final IV/0

Highest I/10

Lowest IV/0

Difficulty not specified

Tempo fast

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Vocal notation


Fantasia in the fifth mode, in the “temple nuevo”, that is, the tuning of the inner four courses of the vihuela (fef). At a fast tempo, and a pretty piece, it is only of 61 compases.

Thuis fantasia is quite simple and straightforward, reversing the pattern of the previous two fantasias for guitar. The first 42 compases are free and transparent, in 3-voiced counterpoint, cadentially divided into phrases at c. 6, 11, 17, 26, 37, 42. Thereafter, theme 1 is imitated in two phrases until c. 56, where theme 2 is imitated as a coda. Pujol aptly describes the piece as having “luminosa serenidad.” Note the beautiful dissonance in c. 9-10 and thesuspension in 13 (which Pujol corrects). The first 42 bars are quite free of full cadences. Interrupted cadences occur at c. 6, 28. Full cadences, such as at c. 11 have an appended phrase which complements the balanced phrasing and mood already established and pushes the work always forward.