Thedish/Musical system

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Instruments

The Lõisian string orchestra has a much wider variety of instruments than our timeline's common-practice orchestra; it's comparable to Carleen Hutchins's Violin Octet. It's made up of the following instruments:

  • pochette (þe poczte, þí poczten); tuned a fourth above our violin
  • violin (þe fiþlín); slightly larger than our violin and tuned the same or a whole step below (F-C-G-D)
  • viola (þe altfiþel); tuned like our viola
  • tenor violin (þe fiþel or þe tienerfiþel); tuned a fourth or fifth below the viola
  • violoncello (þe boriefiþel); tuned an octave below the viola
  • bass (þe básfiþel); tuned an octave below the tenor violin
  • contrabass (þe jetenfiþel); tuned an octave below the cello
  • subcontrabass (þe risьfiþel); tuned two octaves below the tenor violin
  • mega-bass (þe þurьzefiþel); tuned two octaves below the cello

Forms

  • þe klózel = discant clausula; contrapuntal piece based on a melismatic passage in a chant
  • þí siúfnie = symphony
  • þe lióþer = solo sonata with accompaniment; instrumental equivalent of the Lied
  • þe briótstúcz = piece in variation form
  • þí fancie = fantasy
  • þe vurdiel / þí trópe = a vocal equivalent of the klózle, as in some medieval motets
  • þí opre = opera
  • þe lióþ = Lied; art song
  • þe valterь = waltz
  • þe miéniel = minuet
  • þe czake = chaconne
  • þí mazurke = mazurka

Other musical terms

slap = piano (soft)

stark = forte (loud)

fanþiend = andante (walking)

pik = allegro, vivace (quick)

úthużengfól = expressive

slýþsam = adagio (slow)

snióen yncz = not rushed

þí spriakstamnie = Sprechstimme

þí simbskapie = chorus

Lõisian composers and theorists

  • Ancz-Sievrien Béþь, early medieval author of Ān þieraj mūsicæ (On Music)
  • Marczel Myna, medieval tuning theorist who proposed a division of the whole tone into 5
  • Þyprík Miþerdát, medieval composer of isorhythmic motets
  • Amand Jacquier, founder of the Smēahcræft movement in medieval music featuring complex rhythmic, harmonic and notational devices
  • Fráþvin Lióbacz, Thedish Smēahcræft composer, famous for his [suite] featuring klózele in various equal temperaments (from 10 to 20 notes per octave)
  • (anonymous), author of Hlioþrъharpa, an elaborate 4-part canon written in the shape of a harp