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Renaissance Music

by: Carter Cox

Renaissance Music MUS 121

Carter Cox

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cover composers. Early, mid, and late renaissance
Intro to lisenting
Joshua Williams
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Carter Cox on Monday October 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUS 121 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Joshua Williams in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views.


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Date Created: 10/10/16
Renaissance Music Sacred Music - Renaissance began around 1450 in what today is northern France, Holland, and Belgium - Composers of this style were sometimes referred to as Franco- Flemish o Most often composed music of four voices - Chant melodies still used as vocal parts - Franco Flemish composers emphasized the idea of independent vocal lines o Imitation were also common Josquin Des Prez 1450- 1521 - Homophonic texture were most likely used when the text needed to be emphasized Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - 1525 to 1594 - One of Josquin’s successors - Spent most of his life as a choirmaster in Rome - Greatest contribution was to return church music to the simplicity and purity of earlier times - Use of instruments, secular melodies and use of vernacular were banned in church services - Legend has it that he prevented the council from abolishing polyphonic style completely because he composed a mass of unique beauty and purity Secular Music - 16 century was also a period of bawdy earthiness, irreverent humor, and celebration of sensual love - Madrigal is most important secular genre Madrigal - Poem set to music - Texts were 12 line poems or 14 line sonnet’s o Sentimental or erotic - Early o Homophonic (3-4 voices) restrained and subdued - Mid o Polyphonic (5-6) o Push to greater emphasize the expressive qualities - Late o Elaborate compositions o Contained mixtures of monophonic and polyphonic - Chromatics o Used to create dramatic effects Claudio Monteverdi - 1567 to 1643 - Most important composer of the Madrigal - Composed 8 books of the Madrigal Lute Songs - Also called Ayres were composed for a lute accompanying a solo voice


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