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Recently I have been looking at three French pieces for organ:

 

Decq - Cantlène Nuptiale (second piece here)

Dubois - Cantilène Nuptiale (no.11 of his 12 Pièces)

Rousseau - Melodie (no.6 of his 12 Pièces; page 38 here)

 

All are accompanied melodies in 3/4 time and all share the same rhythmic figure in the left-hand accompaniment, a rising arpeggio on the first beat, ending on the second, followed by a chord on the third.

 

I am wondering: were these composers simply copying each other or, as I suspect, is this some traditional pattern of accompaniment for something, perhaps played on a guitar? If so, what?

 

Anyone know any other similar pieces?

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Recently I have been looking at three French pieces for organ:

 

Decq - Cantlène Nuptiale (second piece here)

Dubois - Cantilène Nuptiale (no.11 of his 12 Pièces)

Rousseau - Melodie (no.6 of his 12 Pièces; page 38 here)

 

All are accompanied melodies in 3/4 time and all share the same rhythmic figure in the left-hand accompaniment, a rising arpeggio on the first beat, ending on the second, followed by a chord on the third.

 

I am wondering: were these composers simply copying each other or, as I suspect, is this some traditional pattern of accompaniment for something, perhaps played on a guitar? If so, what?

 

Anyone know any other similar pieces?

 

 

I can't answer the first part of your question, but can add to the examples. I know (and play) a Cantilene by Joseph Callaerts (A Belgian, organist, pupil of Lemmens) which also does the same thing in the accompaniment.

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