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Lindsey, David R., A Study of Root Motion in Passages
Leading to Final Cadences in Selected Masses of the Late
Sixteenth Century. Doctor of Philosophy (Music Theory),
August, 1979, 223 pp., 8 tables, bibliography, 51 titles.
During the late sixteenth century, cadential formulae
had become clearly established. The vertical combinations
(chords) resulting from these cadential formulae resulted in
numerous standardizations in the approach to the cadence.
Consequently, a reasonable possibility exists that cadential
formulae pointed the way toward the realization of chord pro-
gressions and chord relationships.
This study is concerned with the vertical combinations
resulting from late sixteenth century cadential formulae and
in passages immediately preceding these formulae. The in-
vestigation is limited to Masses dating from the last half
of the sixteenth century and utilizes compositions from the
following composers: Handl, Kerle, Lassus, Merulo, Monte,
Based upon the belief that harmonic sequence emerged in
an evolutionary manner, the purpose of this investigation is
to determine the degree, if any, to which root motion was
being organized in cadential passages in Masses. The study
utilizes 321 cadential passages. Six sonorities (chords)
from each passage were analyzed and the roots of each sonority
were identified by a Roman numeral in accordance with Rameau's
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Lindsey, David R. A Study of Root Motion in Passages Leading to Final Cadences in Selected Masses of the Late Sixteenth Century, dissertation, August 1979; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332191/m1/2/: accessed June 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .