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Renaissance Secular Music

by: Amy Turk

Renaissance Secular Music MUS-22111-009

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Notes from Unit 1
The Understand of Music
Dr. Michael Lee
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Music, Renaissance, secular, courts, merchant, vocal, chanson, madigral, Elizabethan, Shakespeare, fair, phyllis, susato, dances, Composer
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Date Created: 04/27/16
Renaissance Secular Music ● professional musicians: courts and civic functions ● merchant-class amateurs: music in the home ● instrumental dance music (instruments not specified) ● vocal music: chanson and madrigal The Italian Madrigal ● madrigals began in Italy ● text = based on a secular poem ● aristocratic court entertainment ● timble = and a few solo voices ○ quartet ● “word painting” = music style reflecting the meaning of the text Word Painting Examples ● the breeze laughs all about ● the sea becomes calm ● the sky becomes more radiant The English Madrigal ● Elizabethan age of literature ○ Shakespeare ● simpler and lighter in style/story ○ cheerful ○ humorous ● refrain syllables (fa-la-la) ● word-painting ○ farmer = “Fair Phyllis” ● John Farmer ○ active in Ireland and England ○ Organist and Choirmaster ○ English madrigals and songs “Fair Phyllis” ● melody = dancelike, diatonic melody ● rhythm = lively rhythms ○ begins in duple meter, shifts to triple and back ● texture = varied ● form = short, repeated sections ● expression = word painting on opening line (“all alone” and “up and down”) ● 4 voices, and a cappella Susato: Three Dances ● Belgium composer ● set of 3 rondes (rounds) ● performed by a wind band ○ instruments not specified ● each section in binary form ○ A-A-B-B ○ C-C-D-D ○ E-E-F-F ● 4 part instrumental ensemble ○ loud wind band ○ shawn ○ cornetto ○ sackbut ○ tabor ○ tambourine ● a very stately court style of dancing with each person dressed up in their finest gowns and attire


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