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Music: Chapters 6 and 7

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These are notes taken in the second week of class. Topics include Ancient Greeks, the Middle Ages, Catholic Church, and the Renaissance.
Introduction to Music
Brian Hodges
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Date Created: 09/02/16
Music: Chapter 6 – Ancient Music  Evidence of Ancient Music o Art  cave paintings, pottery, sculptures o Written  Bible, Greek writings o Instruments  Ancient Greeks o Music was involved in all studies o Plato: “I would teach the children music, physics, and philosophy, but the most important is music, for in the patterns of the arts are the keys to all learning” o Pythagoras: Harmony of the Spheres  Believed that music is all around us, a fundamental part of life o Humors  Music has a powerful effect on you and your feelings  Music effects your humors (body fluids) dramatically  Warned against bad kinds of music  Oral Tradition o Music was passed down from one generation to the next  Changes and gets altered with time o Never written down o Ex: Happy Birthday  Middle Ages o 476 to 1450 (do not have to know) o Catholic Church and State were the two central powers o Cathedrals and Monasteries (school of scripture)  Most of the literate people were involved in the church  Most of the music of this time came from the church o Music for the Church  Mass – Catholic church service  Scriptures were written in Latin  Regular townspeople could not understand it (only church people)  Liturgy: structure and order of a church service (program)  What it Sounded Like  Influenced by ancient Greek and Hebrew music  No instruments o Associated with accompanying dance (an evil activity)  Monophonic, Plain Chant, Gregorian Chant o Only one melody – no harmony, unison o Nonmetrical – free rhythm o Based on medieval modes (scales) o Disc 1: Track 1 o Types of Chant  1. Syllabic: one note per syllable  2. Melismatic: many notes per syllable o Notation  Needed a system  Started the classic staff with notes  Neumes (notes)  Only represented sounds, not rhythm  Started with one central line representing a central note and notes above and below it  Most songs are anonymous o Plain Chant o Hildegard of Bingen  A nun, poet, and musician  A prophetess – had visions from the Holy Spirit to predict the future  Disc 1: Track 2  Polyphony o “many voices” o Evolution  First used in 900 C.E.  Added additional melodic lines to the monophonic chant  Early polyphony = organum  Needed a meter to coordinate the two melodies o Notre Dame School  Master Leonin added the second melody  Perotin added a third and fourth melody  Disc 1: Track 4  Interesting, but difficult to listen to the words o Organum  Motet  Non-church members took the organum and added to it  Polytextualism  “many texts”  Non-church members added French poetry to the Latin scripture  French (secular) – upper line  Latin (sacred) – bottom line  Voices moved at different speeds  Faster – upper line  Slower – bottom line (tenor)  Guillaume de Machaut  1300 – 1377  Known for motets o Both religious and secular types  Disc 1: Track 6  Secular Music o Music played outside the church was for entertainment o Minstrels / Troubadours: traveling musicians o Subject matter was usually Courtly Love  The man is trying to woo the woman with gifts  Unrequited love o Instrumental Music  Done by improvisation and rarely written down  Usually accompanying dance Music: Chapter 7 – The Renaissance  1450 to 1600  Renaissance means “rebirth”  Resurgence in creativity, education, and culture  Celebrated human achievement and God o Church still the center of life  Influenced by Ancient Greek Culture  Musicians o Employed by the church and state  Wealthy people hired artists to create art for them o Printing Press was a major invention  Printing, selling, and distributing music  Music publishers  Amateur musicians  Vocal Music o By far still the dominant style o A Capella: “in the church style”  Unaccompanied vocal music o Some composers focused on instrumental works  New Styles o Imitation: same bar of music repeated in different voices, at different points in the song o Word Painting: showing the meaning of the word by the way it is sung  Ex: high leap in the music on the word “Heaven” o Duple Meter – 1 2 1 2 1 2 o Triple Meter – 1 2 3 1 2 3  3 is a significant number in the church (3 members of the godhead) o Cantus Firmus: now a base line for harmony  Bottom voice  Motet o Bounced back and forth between the secular and sacred worlds o For 3-4 voices, based on a chant (cantus firmus) o Latin for all voices  Joquin dez Prez o French origin, but most of his career in Italy o Known for his very expressive music o 100 motets, 17 masses, etc. o Disc 1: Tracks 8 and 9  Listen for 4 vocal lines and imitation  Sacred Music o Polyphony is the dominant style for church music o Standard sets of words seen over and over again  Kyrie  Gloria  Credo  Sanctus  Angus Dei  Reformations o Martin Luther  Horrified that the church was not following scripture exactly  Started speaking out against it  Started the Lutheran Church o Counter-Reformation  Catholic church tried to correct its wrongs  Council of Trent  A committee of men who were to scrutinize everything the church did and come up with corrections  Music needed to be corrected o Polyphony made the words hard to understand o Well known church tunes were being taken and put with inappropriate secular language  Giovanni Palestrina o Music director a St. Peter’s in Rome o Simplified the style of the music so the words could be understood  Made everyone happy o Pope Marcellus Mass  Disc 1: Track 11  Very balanced and structured  Six vocal parts  Words are very clear  Madrigal o Aristocratic form of poetry and music flourished in Italy o Courtly love story o Contained lots of word painting o Thomas Weelkes  Disc 1: Track 12  Light subject matter  6 parts


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