Program notes 2 - The chanson was a popular genre of music...

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The chanson was a popular genre of music in the 15 th century. Chanson is the French word for song and can be monophonic, a texture in which there is one melodic line, or polyphonic, a musical texture in which there are two or more independent melodies. The Burgundian lands, small section of eastern France and many of the Low Countries, churned out many composers that excelled in this genre. Gilles Binchois, who was an ordained priest at chapel of Duke Phillip the Good, composed Dueil angoisseus. This piece is based on a ballde by Christine de Pisan, who wrote about a loss of her love. One should listen for the intense text being presented in the cantus (upper voice), and the contrast between the moods of the piece as the words portray and as the music portrays to the audience. As the chanson developed new composers added different alterations to their pieces to further alter the chanson. Johaness Ockghem was a longtime singer who climbed the ranks and became the Master of the Chapel in the French royal chapel. His chanson, Prenez sur moi, is an example of the alterations made to the chanson. Ockghem explored the use of imitation to create a canon, a technique in which a melody is imitated after a given duration and continued throughout the piece. Like many chansons, this song
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course MUH 3211 taught by Professor Johnnypherigo during the Fall '11 term at University of Central Florida.

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