Middle Ages & Renaissance Study Guide (Unit 2) Essay

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Middle Ages
Dates: 500-1450
1. What was going historically during this era? What was life like? It was a chaotic period of social and political unrest. Religious and political differences between and within regions led to nearly constant warfare.
The life of all the classes was dominated by the feudal system - feudalism.
2. Who or what had the power? The church
3. Who were learned or literate? holy men or people of important status such as kings, queens, and knights most other people were illiterate
4. Who were allowed to sing in church? Only men were allowed to sing in church
5. Most of the music that was notated during the middle ages was sacred or secular? sacred
6. Was most medieval music vocal? yes
7. What is
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From the church to the court
6. Were composers content to remain unknown? No not anymore
7. Does vocal music continue to be more important than instrumental music? yes
9. What is word painting? Musical illustrations of verbal concepts
10. What is the primary texture of most renaissance music? polyphonic
11. How many different parts are typically found in a renaissance piece? How does this compare to the music in the Middle Ages? Typical pieces have four, five, or six parts, but medieval music had two and three parts.
12. What is a cappella? Unaccompanied group singing
13. What was the rhythm like in renaissance music? rhythm is more a gentle flow than a sharply defined beat.
14. What was the melody like in renaissance music? The melody usually moves along a scale with few large leaps.
15. What were to the two main types of sacred music? Define each of them? motet is a polyphonic choral work set to a sacred Latin text other than the ordinary of the mass. mass is a polyphonic choral composition made up of five sections: Kyrie,
Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei.
16. Who was Josquin Deprez? What type of music did he compose? Netherlandish composer of the Renaissance who composed Western Music
17. Who was Giovanni Peierluigi da Palestrina? Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition.
18. What was the

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