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Medieval music - Medieval music What is medieval music The...

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Medieval music What is medieval music The term medieval music encompasses European music written during the Middle Ages. The use of polyphony to ornament solo chants on special feast days evidently appealed to the medieval ear, for a version of composed polyphonic writing arose during the eleventh century. Medieval notation Medieval notation can be frustratingly vague for the modern scholar attempting to reconstruct a plausible and historically-informed medieval sound. Yet the music that does survive forms a sumptuous legacy, ranging from the sacred to the profane and from monophonic texture with a single melody sung alone to the richly polyphonic with several independent voices operating simultaneously. Secular From the point of view of notation, secular music of the Middle Ages existed on the fringes of churchly life, for most of the music scribes of the era were church musicians. Nevertheless, they have left us a vibrant glimpse of life at court and in the town. http://people.vanderbilt.edu/~cynthia.cyrus/ORB/orbmusic.htm Renaissance music What is Renaissance Music Renaissance music is European music written during the Renaissance, approximately 1400 to 1600. The Renaissance music is mostly polyphonic, which is music having two or more independent, but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together. During this period, many people started to write and compose their music to express
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their feeling and emotions in a more lively way. Sacred Music People sang in chapels and cathedrals. This led to the rise of 'choral polyphony'.
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