The Airs de cour: The French Ornaments

The principles of diminution were preserved in the 17th-century French style of vocal ornamentation associated with the airs de cour (accompanied solo songs, or airs). They also survived in the varied repeats found in harpsicord and lute music. Early 17th-century French Lute music used many small ornaments for purposes of articulation and accentuation, as well as rhythmic modifications of the written notes. These ornaments became important features of Harpsicord music, while rhythmic modifications were incorporated in later instrumental styles.

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