An Adventurous Interpretation of Old World Wines
The Cambiata has been in use since the days of Palestrina and Dufay. In the 1550's this musical idiom, along with many other contrapuntal techniques, was almost banned by the Council of Trent who feared a lively melody might distract the congregation from the liturgical message of the chorus. A key agent of distraction being the Nota Cambiata which leaps from a non-harmonic tone causing a disruption of the linear sequence. To complete the Cambiata, the melody progresses in harmonic tones moving in the opposite direction of the leap. The Cambiata was documented in J. J. Fux's 1725 textbook Gradus ad Parassum. He wrote his book in Latin but it was translated into German by J. S. Bach and both Mozart and Beethoven had a copy. The textbook is still relevant and a copy in English can be purchased from a good bookstore.
JJ Fux (c.1660 - 1741)