September 28 - Gregorian chant • Sacred Towards the end...

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Medieval 400-1475 A.D o In-between classic roman culture and the Renaissance Church was everything o Roman Catholic o It was the “state” Religion Taxed people Was the government Influenced all art and music Very few people could read – even some priests couldn’t read All about the classification o Trivium Grammar Rhetoric Classical writers o Shakespeare, etc Logic o Quadrivium Arithmetic Geometry Astronomy Music “Music of the Spheres” “Musica Instrumentalis
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“Musica Mundana” Musica Instrumentalis o Meliconjunct - QUIZ Conjunct melody Melody moves step-wise Range is narrow Rhythm either very free or very organized o Rhythmic modes o Music larger monophonic
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Unformatted text preview: Gregorian chant • Sacred Towards the end of the era more secular music and polyphony evolved • Mostly consonance • Some dissonance o At the beginning and the very end of phrases Instrumental colour • Vocal music is principal o Instrumental was improvised not written music o Gregorian Chant Named for Pope Gregory Replaced every sacred piece that existed before Unaccompanied vocal music Text is sacred and in Latin Uses a unique measure Sung in unison Alternation of cantor and choir • Cantor sings one line a text • Choir sing above • Called antiphonal psalmody...
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This note was uploaded on 10/18/2010 for the course MUSIC 10026 taught by Professor Safd during the Spring '10 term at California Coast University.

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