Characteristics Between Medieval And Renaissance Music And The Renaissance Period

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As one takes a look back into the musical history of the world, they can see that today's musical society would not be anything like it is today without its past. From the medieval time period, we have received musical elements such as word painting and melismas. This was the start of melodic growth for the world. From the Renaissance time period, we have received musical elements such as harmony, improvisation, and Humanim. Without the characteristics of the Medieval time period, the Renaissance time period would not have been what it had grown to be. Each time period takes from one before and expands to a whole new level. Although there are many differences between the musical elements in the Medieval and Renaissance time periods, they in fact have similarities and have made music become what it is today.
Before music became what it is today, it was often used as a way to communicate with God. The church was a powerful educational source in the middle ages taking place from the fifth
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The Renaissance began in Italy and literally means "rebirth". One of the major differences between the Medieval and Renaissance time periods is the musical texture. More artists began to be more interested and aware of harmony and focused on working gradually through a piece to play parts simultaneously (Fuller, 2010, p. 1). The Renaissance was the period in which the idea of humanism came about involving looking into human knowledge in diverse artistic ways. Although it is often believed to be a completely secular time period, they did in fact have prevalent church music. Most of the sacred work constructed during this era was by men because the church still had a ban on women musicians. The courts began to sponsor secular music for entertainment by songs and dances and by the end of this era, "women's role in music performance dramatically changed" (Dunbar, 2016, p.

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