Personalities | Philippe de Vitry | Medieval Era | Classical
(Fe-lep’ de Ve-tre’) 1291–1361
French theorist and composer
As a result of his treatise Ars nova (c. 1322) Philippe de Vitry was the most musically influential figure of his day. It described new developments in mensural notation, allowing composers more rhythmic flexibility and therefore compositional variety. Unfortunately, no songs known to be by Vitry have survived, but a number of motets are ascribed to him in manuscripts, and still more can be attributed to him on stylistic grounds. His accomplished use of isorhythm sets him apart from other composers, as do aspects of melodic and harmonic use.
Chansons & Motets, Sequentia (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)
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