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Characteristics of Renaissance Music

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Ricardo Delgadillo

on 1 June 2014

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Transcript of Characteristics of Renaissance Music

Words and Music
Rhythm and Melody
In renaissance, as in the middle ages, vocal music was more important than instrumental music.
The humanistic interest in in language influenced vocal music creating a close relationship between words and music .
Renaissance composers wrote music to enhance the meaning and emotion of text.
Renaissance composers often used words painting which is a musical representation of specific poetic images.
Renaissance music didn't have extreme contrast of dynamics, tone color, or rhythm.
Texture of renaissance music is mainly polyphonic
Homophonic texture with successions of chords was also used
Renaissance music sounds fuller than medieral music
Renaissance music sounds mild because of stable constant chords
In Renaissance music, rhythm is more a gentle flow than a sharply defined beat.
This is because each melodic has an independent rhythm. Which allows one singer to start singing while the other singer is in the middle of there part.
It makes the song sound more complex but is actually a fairly simple concept.
But pitch patters in renaissance melodies are easier to sing.
The melody usually moves along scale with a few leaps.
Please take Notes!
Characteristics of Renaissance Music
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