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Unformatted text preview: I N TH E RENAI SSANCE ement n on the spir itual afterlife es, facilitat ed by easier travel and spread of pr int ed mat er ials hony (one melody sung by many voices) musical lines sung or played at once y is per for med by different voices, ent er ing one at a time des, rather than one moder n scales ough some move t o more moder n har mony h ser vices) igious t exts but are not par t of the actual ser vice gs M USIC100 Chapter 5 T HE RENAISSANCE: 1400 1600 Life and Times in the Renaissance- The dates historians assign to the European Renaissance vary greatly, depending on whether art, music, or literature is under discussion- For music, the Renaissance is generally regarded as beginning about 1400 and ending at 1600- Renaissance means rebirth; the term is used to indicate that during this period there was a revival TT of interest in the humanistic values of classical Greece and Rome- In fact, people in the Renaissance deliberately modelled themselves after the ancient Greeks and Romans in their feeling of individual and collective responsibility, in their embracing of education, and, most important, in their sense of the enduring human value in the arts- There were three notable changes from the climate of the Middle Ages o There was more focus on individual achievement o People began to show more interest in the real world than in spirituality 1. The growing ease of travel and the spread of printed books led to a widespread mingling of cultures Renaissance Music- Music played an important role in Renaissance society; most educated people could either play an instrument or sing written music- People were not considered socially accomplished if they did not have some musical training- An evenings entertainment usually included some kind of musical performance- Music printing, which became widespread in the 16 th century, greatly increased the amount of available music- Amateur music making became more and more common- The professional musicians included composers and performers- Many more individual musicians found jobs at court, and many towns supported musicians as public employees- Some women began to be included in the ranks of performing musicians- As with the other cultural achievements of Renaissance, music reached great heights- Some of the most beautiful compositions in the history of Western music were composed during this period; in their depth and beauty, the greatest musical works of the Renaissance match the finest works of Renaissance literature, painting, and architecture General Characteristics of Renaissance Music- Renaissance music is distinguished from late medieval music in one important way: the overall sound is much smoother and more homogeneous, with less contrast- The highly contrasting and independent lines of late medieval polyphony were replaced by a new style based on imitation- In medieval polyphony, different melody lines are performed at the same time- Imitation is a form of polyphony in which all the musical lines present...
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This note was uploaded on 01/01/2011 for the course MUSIC 100 taught by Professor J during the Spring '10 term at American College of Computer & Information Sciences.

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