Medieval Suite, of which Homage to Leonin is the first movement, was written in homage to three great masters of the Middle Ages. This work is neither a transcription nor an attempt to emulate Leonin's style. Rather, the music served as sort of a launching pad for this collection of stylistic characteristics of music of that period-repetition of rhythmic patterns or modes, modules of sound, proportions that produce octaves, fourths and fifths, use of Gregorian chant, syncopation, long pedal points where a sustained tone regulates melodic progression. This movement follows the form of an arch with a large climax, after which it closes as it began. Throughout, a chant on the Dorian mode is gradually transformed into a perfectly symmetrical eight-tone scale.
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