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Music from 1500-1600

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on 9 April 2014

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Music from 1500-1600
Three Most Famous Composers
Thomas Tallis (1510-1585)
• Almost all of his music is for singing without instruments.
• Most of his music was written for the church.
• He was one of the greatest composers of early English music.

Reasons for music
- Music was an essential part of civic, religious, and courtly life in the Renaissance.

-The exchange of ideas in Europe, as well as events in the time period led to major changes in music

-The most important music of the early Renaissance was composed for use by the church for important churches and court chapels.

-By the end of the sixteenth century, however, music was split among many areas
Types of music
Classical
Instrumental
Renaissance (used for performances)
Vocal
Polyphonic (made up of several simultaneous melodies)
Instrumental Music
Instruments
Cittern
-a small string instrument
originates from Italy
Strummed or plucked
Sacred music
-For performing mainly at the Roman Catholic Church services.
-Starting from the Gregorian chant and sung in Latin without instruments
-There are various kinds of Sacred Music
-Many beautiful compositions were written especially for the Holy Week (the week before Easter).
mu·sic
ˈmyo͞ozik/Submit
noun
vocal or instrumental sounds
(or both)
combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion
Organ
-a small wind blown instrument
Lira Da Braccoi
-instrumental music began to take shape by the second half of the 1500's
-the instrumental canzone made use of brass instruments;
-Music for keyboard instruments such as the clavichord, harpsichord and organ were also written.
-The lute was widely used at that time, both to accompany singing and for instrumental music.
-At first only instruments of the same family were played together, but eventually mixed instruments were used.
Humanism in Music
How Music Used To Be

-Music was a strictly local expression

- Music was a poetic process

- Music was for a religious power

- Music is played softly in intimate gatherings

-a small wooden instrument usually strummed
-in Italy during the Renaissance, a new philosophy called "humanism" developed
-the emphasis of humanism is on the quality of life on earth, much different from earlier beliefs that life should be viewed as a preparation for death.





-the influence of the Church on the arts grew weak
-composers and their patrons were ready for new artistic ideas
-Flemish composers and musicians were summoned to teach and perform in Italian courts and the invention of printing helped spread these new ideas

• Wrote music for four voices.
• He composed secular songs.
• He also wrote love songs. His love songs were in French and Italian.
Pierre de La Rue (1460-1518)
-Impressive composer of the Renaissance
-Went largely unnoticed because of other popular composers
-He perfected some of the improvements of the time
Josquin Des Prez (1440-1521)
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