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The Renaissance

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Alana Nelson

on 12 September 2014

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Transcript of The Renaissance

"Rebirth" of Human Creativity

Humanism: Dominant intellectual movement that focused on human life and its accomplishments
Sacred Music
Polyphonic, Sacred, unaccompanied, Latin, Choral, Catholic
Protestant equivalent
Secular Music
Madrigal: for several solo voices set to a short poem. Homophonic and Polyphonic
The Renaissance

Ancient Greek and Latin Scholars
Lifelike representation in art
The human body
Greek mythology and classical literature
General Concepts of the Renaissance
Catholic Church - less powerful
Movable-type printing press
Musical Characteristics
Word Painting: musical representation of poetic images
Texture: mainly polyphonic
Gentle, flowing rhythms
"Golden Age of a cappella choral music"
Served in chapels and the papal choir
Composed Masses, Motets, and Secular Vocal Works
Foremost composer of the Renaissance Motet
Josquin des Prez (1440-1521)
Centered in Rome
"Pope Marcellus" Mass
Thomas Weelkes - "As Vesta was Descending"
Leading English Composer of Lute Songs
Known for melancholic works
Consort music (viol)
Instruments of the Renaissance
Viola da Gamba
Recorder/Wooden Flute
Instrumental Music - Lute is the most popular
John Dowland (1565-1626)
Most prominent and influential composer in Elizabethan England
William Byrd (1540-1623)
"Sing Joyfully" Anthem
Life in England
Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, Byrd, Dowland, Morley
English Reformation- conflict between Protestants and Catholics heightens
Consort music: English ensemble music
Whole consort: group of instruments in same family
Broken Consort: mixed group of instruments
Can She Excuse my Wrongs
Strophic: multiple verses set to same music
Galliard: popular dance
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