IB Music/Music History/Renaissance Period

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  1. Church less powerful because of reformation
  2. Humanism
  3. Printing press spread learning
  4. Educated people all taught music
  5. Musical activity shifted to courts
  6. Composers sought credit for work

Words and music[edit]

  1. Music to enhance meaning of text
  2. Word painting


  1. Chiefly polyphonic: 4-6 important voices
  2. Homophony in dances
  3. Bass register used: richer harmony
  4. Stable chords with triads
  5. A cappella—little accompaniment

Rhythm and melody[edit]

  1. Rhythm a gentle flow, not sharp beat
  2. Rhythmic independence between lines
  3. Melody moves along a scale; few large leaps

Sacred music[edit]

Josquin Desprez[edit]

  1. Flemish composer
  2. Motet = polyphonic choral work set to a sacred Latin text
  3. Wrote Ave Maria…Virgo Serena

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina[edit]

  1. 16th century Italian composer, music director for St. Peter’s
  2. Wrote for Catholic church
  3. Pope Marcellus Mass convinced polyphony okay

Secular music[edit]

Vocal music[edit]

  1. The Renaissance madrigal
    • Piece for several solo voices set to a short poem
    • First Italian, then English
  2. The Renaissance ballett
    • Also called a fa-la
    • Mostly homophonic

Instrumental music[edit]

  1. Subordinate to vocal music
  2. Mostly meant for dancing
  3. Pavane, galliard, passamezzo some dances
  4. Shawm, recorder, lute, cornett, sackbut, viol, organ, regal, harpsichord some instruments

The Venetian school[edit]

  1. 16th century Venice became center of music, esp. St. Marco
  2. Characteristic: parts written esp. for instruments, not voice
  3. Giovanni Gabrieli
    1. 16th century Venetian composer, organist at St. Marco
    2. Wrote instrumental ensemble works and polychoral motets
    3. Cori spezzati