ARS Fantasia super "fa re mi fa, re sol re, sol mi re ut" - PtRM 2004
By Adam Knight Gilbert 2004
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At the suggestion of Rebecca Arkenberg and the American Recorder Society, I have set the organization’s name to music as a soggetto cavato, using some of my favorite licks from the music of Heinrich Isaac and his contemporaries.
The phrase soggetto cavato delle vocale (“subject carved from the vowels”) describes a process of deriving a cantus firmus from solfège syllables relating to the vowels of a name or phrase. Applying for a job in Ferrara in 1502, Heinrich Isaac pulled a rabbit out of his hat by composing, in two days, a motet on the fantasia La mi la sol la sol la mi. These syllables have been suggested to be a musical representation of the words….a kind of soggeto cavato. (text continued in download)