Cadence as a Metaphor of Instability and Conclusive Unity: A Brief Excursus Between Grammar and Music
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The structural development of what we understand as cadence has a long and complex history associated with an awareness and appreciation of musical elements assimilated by a decodification process that is related to adapted morphology. Thus, the connection between music and text goes beyond its joint praxis: it lends structural elements from its main vehicle (text), engendering a true corpus grammaticae musicae. In general terms, this principle resulted in parameters from both synchronic and diachronic dimensions, i.e., a specific set of intervals with a particular melodic progression. The argument presented in this study aims to exam the musical treatises through the end of the fifteenth century in testimonies that contain evidence that corroborate a probable dichotomy between understanding of cadence as a metaphor of instability and conclusive unity.