Isorhythm

   Compositional technique, common in early motets, by which a melody or melodic fragment from a traditional Christian chant is repeated in both its original pattern of pitches (color) and a pattern of durations created by the composer (talea). Isorhythm seems to have originated in late 12th-century discant clausulae attributed to Perotinus. Because the chant melody in clausulae moved quickly along with the new melodies, its repetition was required to give the composition sufficient length.

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