Analyzing Form(William Renwick)

1. In reference to Medieval songs and other vocal works, a true musical sense of form may be a red herring. For so much of the structure of such works is determined by the text. This suggests that narrative and syntactic structures of language must be considered as a potential basis for understanding some aspects of musical form. At least, such musical forms cannot be understood purely on musical terms.

2. The "lack of tonal unity" in a common practice sense is a very interesting phenomenon in Medieval music. I expect that we have to look to other factors than those we apply to later music, in order to interpret them in terms of such concepts as growth and limitation.