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Guillaume Dufay

Guillaume Dufay was a famous composer who lived in the late 14th century to the mid 15th century.

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on 13 June 2011

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Guillaume Dufay was a famous Renaissance personality because of his education in music and ability to teach it. He was born on August 5, 1397 in Cambrai, France. There, he spent the majority of his career and died there in 1474. Some of the instruments that he played
and made sheet music for were: The Viol The Recorder The Lira da Braccio Guillame Dufay was very talanted in music. He started in music when he joined a choir at a young age. In time most of the members left due to lack of teaching or uninterest, but Dufay left because he was to skilled for the choir. After his days in choirs he still loved music he was still dedicated to learning music because of his passion to sounds. Guillame Dufay Guillame Dufay at this time was known by all as a well rounded composer of music not a lot of people knew how to read or play. By Thomas and Evan Other than being a choir master his sheet music was very well known during the Renaissance. His sheet music got the word of his mastery of music out there and soon many people wanted to be taught by him. His pieces of music started with covers of hymns and chants of very old monk choirs that he strung together to make a harmony of them which overall made the music flow and sound a lot better than it did in a chant. Guillame Dufay wrote a total of 87 motets! Fifty-nine chansons, which were songs; (originally like a ballad)
Seven Italian chansons were written as well. Seven complete masses
Thirty-five mass selections (songs about God in Roman Catholic Faith). Dufay also made the rules and imitations for the cannon. The cannon are songs or melodies with two or more parts. Guillaume Dufay was the first composer to use a folk song in mass (song about God in Roman Catholic faith). From doing this he was then able to add harmonies in his songs to give it more of a melody and made his songs have more depth. Some of his accomplishments came from genres such as: Dramatic cycles: Cycles of very loud and passionate instrumental music. Cyclic masses: A cyclic mass in Renaissance music was a setting of the “Ordinary” of the Roman Catholic Mass. It connected all of the movements in different genres of masses. It was the first multi-movement in Western music to become a single organized principle. Isorhythmic motets: Isorhythmic motets are an arrangement of pitches staying in the same rhythm of notes. Simply ornamented hymns: Simple sounding hymns (taken from chants turned into hymns). Some of the styles that Dufay created or changed upon included: Some of Dufay's most famous Masses were: Paths toward modern day harmonies New structure of staffs: New notes to string together sounds like the use of the slide/slur. Use of third intervals: the interval from C to E is a major third, as the note E lies four semitones above C, and there are three staff positions from C to E. Se la face ay pale – One of the most popular Masses Dufay ever wrote, it became very popular in the south of France. Several remakes of his Mass exist to this day. L'homme arme – It was a very popular mass in France, that eventually became the most popular tune for musical settings. Originally created by Guillaume Dufay, over forty separate copies exist to this day. Composers and historians still study the work of L'homme arme. Ave Regina Caelorum - It is one of four Marian antiphons, following prayers, traditionally said or sung after each of the canonical hours of the Liturgy of the Hours. Dufay’s popular Mass became very well known through the church. http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/dufay.html http://www.answers.com/topic/guillaume-dufay http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/composers/dufay.html http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Guillaume_Dufay http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillaume_Dufay Bibliography Search Eninge: Google.ca Early Interests in Music Legacy
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