rhythmic mode

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rhythmic mode

one of a group of music theoretical abstractions that seek to capture and codify the main rhythmic patterns of French (primarily Parisian) polyphony of the late 12th and 13th centuries. These patterns are observable in the simplest pieces of the time and in individual segments thereof, whether organum, clausula, conductus, or motet, although the system does not always apply to more complex works

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