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The fourth chapter suggests that the tradition of "beautiful use" of discursive accidentals ended in the middle of the fifteenth century, coinciding with the beginning of "a more seriously considered modal theory of polyphony" (p.
The conceit of ignoring the possibility of nonnotated accidentals may seem brazen or even foolhardy at times, but it presents a point of view that has always been present in our field though rarely discussed clearly.