I am working on a Galliard (my first Galliard since 20+ years). I am trying to figure out some consistent phrasing. I have read online about the "big accents", on the fourth beat of the first phrase, and on the second beat of the second phrase. This is fine, and I think I am getting there. However, in many places I have read that articulation in the small (passages, single groups of notes) is more important in the early music. This is also what I hear in the good recordings but find hard to imitate.
Harnoncourt wrote that we need to alternate strengths of sounds as in speech - with strong and weak syllables, and that is much more important than phrasing in the large. But I have only seen a single phrase analyzed in his book. I have read similar statements in Kite-Powell's manual to performing Renaissance music, but they were mostly fragmented (an example or two, on a particular dance). Is there any consistent guide, school, manual, whatever, from where I could learn logical accenting, the speech of sounds, for Renaissance music? How do you folks learn it?