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Dark Ages Music
Transcript of Dark Ages Music
-The crusades and love songs
-Middle age culture changes
-Ideals of courtly love
-Music and songs from troubadours and minstrels
-Patronage of medieval nobles Styles of Music Music in the Dark Ages was played or sang in the key of "C". Early Dark Ages music was performed in unison, which means everyone was playing or singing the same note in the same key at the same time. By the 12th Century, there was music notation found which showed the pitch and the length of each note. The instruments included:
-Serpent Traditional English influences:
-The growth of Christianity in the Dark Ages led to the introduction of secular music
-Stories of Welsh, Scottish, and English brads were told, which influenced the music written
-Poets and authors of the era
-Music developed by medieval waits -Plucked String Instruments:
-Hurdy-Gurdy About the Music Troubadours wrote in French, but the French songs were heard in English because of political afflictions or royal marriages. The music during the Dark ages made noble ladies famous, like Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was the one of the reasons the tradition of Dark Ages Music was transferred to England. She married King Henry II of England and brought her love of music to the English court, which transferred the tradition to England. Sources: -http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/middle-ages-music.htm
-http://bandnotes.info/tidbits/tidbits-october.htm Music Uses: The music in the middle ages was very popular during festivals and celebrations. The music was popular and uplifting to weddings, Valentine's Day and parties like birthdays. It was normally played during holidays and special parties. On Mayday, high-pitched music was played. During Christmas, it was more of bells.
People in the middle would eat while listening to traditional music because it was thought to help the digestion of food. The Renaissance Music Polyphony was a notable change to mark between the middle ages and renaissance. It was transitioned into the Renaissance from the middle ages. English manuscripts that transitioned to the Renaissance included the Worcester Fragments, the Old St. Andrews Music Book, the Old Hall Manuscript, and Egerton Manuscript. Some of the composers that were categorized as transitioning from the middle ages to the Renaissance were Bartolomeo da Bologna, Roy Henry, Leonel Power, John Dunstaple, and Zacara da Teramo. Composers of the Dark Ages: -Hildegaurd won Bingen
-Bernart de vetadorn
-Walther von der Vogelweide
-Gautier de Coincy
-Alfonso X, el Sabio
-Adam de la Halle
-Franco of Cologne
-Dinis, King of Portugal
-Philippe de Vitry -Guillaume de Machuat
-Jacopo da Bologna
-O von Wolkenstein
-J Dunstable The Dark Ages, also referred to as the Middle Ages, started with the fall of the Roman Empire and ended somewhere in the early 15th Century. The Dark Ages were supposed to represent the deterioration of the economy that happened during and after the fall of the Roman Empire. It was a period of darkness.