Music From The Past Has Had A Tremendous Effect On Modern Music

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Music from the past has had a tremendous effect on what modern music is today. This is shown through the use of word painting and dynamics in the Renaissance period, instruments and Operas in the Baroque Period, primary triads and homophonic compositions in the Classical Period and finally, the utilisation of tone poems and heartfelt passion in the Romantic Period. If it wasn’t for these periods, music would not have evolved in such a immense and progressive way.

The Renaissance Period which occurred between roughly between 1400-1600 has influenced the modern world’s music through Renaissance composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli whose use of dynamics has helped shape music theory taught today. The Renaissance was a time of dramatic development in literature, music, art and science which ties in with the name of the period (Renaissance), as the meaning of it is “rebirth”, thus showcasing the era to be a time of growth and new beginnings. Music became increasingly popular with the arise of the printing press and secular music. The printing press made it easy for composers to print and distribute their compositions in mass to everywhere in Europe. Secular music was music created and used for outside of church. This would eventually develop into the music we listen to today. One type of secular music which was often considered the primary type in the Renaissance Period was Madrigal. The word ‘Madrigal’ was given to non-religious music which delved into more emotional topics such…

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