During the middle part of the Renaissance, composers began to experiment with methods of unifying all polyphonic sections of the Mass musically. What was one obvious way in which this musical unification was accomplished?

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    The polyphonic music was identical for each section of the Ordinary, only the words were different.
    A pedal tone (one single note) was sustained by one voice throughout the entire composition, remaining the same for all sections of the Ordinary.
    Each polyphonic setting was based on the same plainchant melody.
    All voices sang the plainchant melody -- starting at different times -- resulting in a canon.
asked Oct 2, 2012 in Music by anonymous
    

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Each polyphonic setting was based on the same plainchant melody.
answered Oct 5, 2012 by LaMusica ~Expert~ (2,890 points)



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