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    MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE MUSIC

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    Priests
    educated, virtuous, held in high esteem
    Peasants
    common people, worked hard for nobility, fought for them, very religious, blind trust
    nobility
    land owners, born into nobility, leaders of armies, fought for control of land, extravagant food, music, life, feudalism
    musicians
    itinerant, some trained in the church (sacred), minstrels, wandering poets called troubadours or trouveres (secular)
    Art
    visual art: mostly religious, one dimensional, think icons
    literature
    canterbury tales, beowulf, inferno
    Gregorian chant
    Plainsong, cantus firmus, a single line melody sung in unison and a cappella, rhythm established by cantor, melody could be melismatic or syllabic, text in latin based off the mass, monophonic, male voices, non rhythmical
    Alleluia: Vidimus stellam
    monophonic, a capella, latin, no set rhythm
    Rise of Polyphony
    with building of Cathedral of Notre Dame (organum)
    Leonin
    Great Book of Organum
    Perotin
    expanded dimensions of organum by increasing voice parts to three or four, based on pre existing chants, lower voice sang fixed chant
    Alleluia: Vidimus Nativitas
    new religious piece composed at the end of the 13th century into early 14th century with new sacred text still sung in latin (motet), perotin, added rhythm, male voices, a cappella, small vocal range
    Secular music
    monophonically with improvised instrumental accompaniment, used for dancing, focused on idealized love and the values of chivalry, based on chants of church
    Minstrels
    traveling musicians among courts and towns, played instruments, danced, sang, presented acts like juggling, “lived on the fringes of society”
    troubadours and trouveres
    much like minstrels but were often members of royalty or aristocracy, usually more educated
    Guillaume de Machaut
    poet-composer of the French Ars Nova who wrote sacred music and polyphonic chansons (secular songs) set to fixed text forms, wrote sacred songs (motets), first to compose 4 part composition for the mass, Agnus Dei, Puis qu’en oubli (since i am forgotten)
    Estampie
    rhythms copied from Notre Dame School, small melodic range, triple meter-used for dancing, instruments-rebec or psaltry and tube or recorder
    Agnus Dei
    Machaut, four voice parts, part of the ordinary of the mass, based on gregorian chant, rhythmic, three sections to symbolize the trinity, hollow sounding due to open fifth
    instrumental music
    NO instruments in church except a small portable organ, either very soft or very loud, most instrumental parts were improvised
    Humanism
    society in which man, not God is the center of life. Every well educated man was expected to be trained in music, renaissance man
    Renaissance
    major awakening of intellectual awareness passing from exclusively religious to more secular age, cadavers, compass, printing press, gun powder
    Music in renaissance
    polyphonic imitation (a musical idea that is immediately echoed by another voice part or instrument), word or text painting (using musical symbolism to represent the meaning of the text: most common in the madrigal), invention of music printing, rise of secular music
    renaissance musicians
    every educated man was expected to be trained in music, worked in churches, courts and towns, sacred music still performed by male choirs, a court musician would compose secular pieces to entertain the nobility and sacred works for the court chapel, town musicians played for civic processions, weddings, and town events
    renaissance sacred music
    vocal music more important than instrumental, reformation greatest influence on sacred music, Catholic church, enhance liturgical texts (close relationship bt words and music), palestrina is the pre eminent composer of sacred music, instruments added in services at the end of renaissance (st marks, venice, gabrielli)
    Josquin des Prez
    Southern Belgium, served all over Europe (very independent and temperamental), Choirmaster of Ducal Chapel of Sforza family in milan and louis XII in france, first composer to have music printed, first composer to set psalms and passages from old testament to music, Ave maria
    Motet
    sacred work with latin text, text could come from existing chants or newly written texts based on liturgical passages, polyphonic with 3-4 voices, a cappella, male, regular metrical patterns, use of text painting
    Martin Luther and Protestant Reformation
    people not involved with worship, text in latin, wanted vernacular, participation, introduced hymns
    Counter Reformation (Trent)
    church didn’t like instruments, music too imitative and couldn’t understand words, polyphony predominant texture
    Palestrina
    quintessential catholic composer, wrote chiefly in response to council of trent to please the pope, choir boy, maestro di cappella at st peter’s in rome
    Proper liturgical style-Palestrina
    imitative counterpoint, new melodic motive for each new text phrase, modal based on gregorian chants, stepwise melodies with few repeated notes, harmony, rhythm, form are present but text governs musical organization
    The mass
    kyrie, gloria, credo, sanctus, agnus dei, polyphonic, 6 voices (male), a cappella, latin, through composed, Pope Marcellus Mass, Gloria
    Renaissance secular music: vocal
    chansons (french), madrigals (italian and english), text painting, sometimes accompanied, women sang, texts were light and funny
    As Vesta Was Descending
    6 voices, text painting, oriana: queen elizabeth I
    Rise of Instrumental music
    1550, beginning of idiomatic writing for instruments, now used in church, created in “chests”, dance music (susato: three dances), ensembles were called consorts
    Gabrielli
    maestri di cappella st. mark’s basilica in venice, used instruments antiphonally in balconies, first composed to write original sacred music for instruments

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