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Psyllos 1 Matthew Psyllos Scott Dirkse Tuesday 8:00 am Music 15 The Historical Influence of Music People use music for all purposes and create it with all mediums. It is an age-old art that will never die or lose its flare. That is why it is so fascinating to study today. What’s more fascinating than music itself is how it relates to history and what it can tell us about the world. Each song ever composed tells a story of some sort, or at least stirs up emotion that can be analyzed and adjusted. By comparing and contrasting Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass and John Sebastian Bach’s A Mighty Fortress is Our God , one can clearly see how history and humanity can influence music in society, and vice versa. A major reason that music became popular in the Renaissance Era (c. 1450-1600) is that it served a religious purpose in Church. Secular music was adorned as well, but sacred music reserved a special spot in the Mass setting where the words of the Bible could be sung and understood by all those who attended. In order to satisfy the needs of the Council of Trent during the Counter-Reformation to have audible songs that provided pure and clear vocals, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina wrote over one hundred Masses in Italy. He, like other composers at the time, concentrated on the Ordinary
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2011 for the course MUS 15 taught by Professor Johnson during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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