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    among these ‘girls’. The veneration of the Virgin Mary in this respect was in fact neither unheard of nor decried in the Renaissance period; even in the Late-Medieval Era, this type of imagery was commonplace (Pesce 2009: 152). However, the pre-enlightenment reverence of the physical features of the Virgin Mary can be viewed more as a stylistic and poetic custom than a sign of growing materialist and secular influences, which would not truly begin until philosophers such as Machiavelli, another Florentine, normalised resentment of the Church in the 1510s (Unger 2011:180), paving the way for some composers to distance themselves from the sacred origins of the motet. Towards the end of the Fifteenth Century, motets generally used four-part counterpoint; from the turn of the Sixteenth Century to the era of Josquin, it was common for composers to write motets for either four or five voices (Sherr 2000: 250). In Illibata Dei virgo nutrix, an example of a five-voice motet, Josquin uses the letters of his own name acrostically to commence each line of text (Clutterham 1997). Furthermore, in the same motet, he uses the tones ma and ri from solfè ège to refer to The Virgin Mary (Clutterham 1997). The term ‘Syntactic Imitation’ (Sanders et al. 2007-17) can be used to describe this kind of textual complexity in relation to renaissance music. Significantly, Josquin’s surge in creativity coincides with the period known as the High Renaissance, sometimes referred to as the ‘culmination’…

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    After reviewing two articles, I support the counterpoint argument. The “counterpoint” article provides several valid points to why cervical screening in women older than 65 years of age should not be recommended. The article stated that preventive resources, such as Pap smears and screening, should be directed to high-risk population, “where real benefit can be obtained (Isidean et al., 1025). In unscreened populations, the peak period of cervical cancer risk amongst women is estimated to be…

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    My grandson asked me to tell him a story about myself, so I recounted my early days when I met the great Jacques Arcadelt. It was many years ago in the mid 1530's. I had snuck into a party hosted by the Medici family. I heard beautiful music and wanted to see the performers first hand. Plus, they always have the best wine. The Medici family has been in power in Florence for so long, people know of no other rulers here. Even though they still followed a monarchical structure and often ruled…

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    Complexity played an important role in Baroque music, which can be described as “extravagance and structure”. As new possibilities arose, composers were able to make their music more complex. The emergence of new instruments, like the brass and woodwind instruments, increased flexibility in tone color. This allowed for more expression in music. The improvement of instruments such as the violin, which Stradivari and other makers perfected, and the organ, allowed for the emergence of virtuosos…

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    I’ve listened to Messiah since I was very young. My grandmother is very fond of baroque music, and has about a dozen different versions of Messiah, let alone any other pieces. Because I’ve listened to so many versions of it for so many years, I know a quite a bit about what the piece sounds like or at least what it should sound like. The instrumental backdrop of the piece is predominantly homophonic and is founded on the combination of smooth strings, gentle woodwinds, and strong brass in a…

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    Andrew Chen Ms. Bergen AP European History 4 June 2018 Josip Broz Tito: The Rebel Communist Josip Broz, more commonly known as Tito, was born on May 7, 1892 in the village of Kumrovec in the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (modern-day Croatia). He was the seventh of fifteen children in a large peasant family, with a Croat father and a Slovene mother. At the early age of seven, he began working on his family’s farm. He entered primary school in Kumrovec at…

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    During the Baroque period, some important choral forms such as the motet represented the continued development of the Renaissance ideas. However, others such as the cantata and the oratorio were completely new creations of the time period. These vocal forms of the Baroque period were based on the monadic style. In some cases, some of these forms like the cantata crossed over boundaries of sacred and secular and were used for both. Specifically, the cantata was one of the most prominent…

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    A harpsichord is a keyboard instrument with horizontal strings that run perpendicular to the keyboard and was very popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. The harpsichord is one of the important instruments in the Baroque period. The harpsichord changed the style of elements in this era. Harpsichord composers became a more common practice. It changed the dynamics of concertos.(Newman 138) In the 'Renaissance' era was very polyphonic texture. Polyphony requires two or more lines in the…

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    Although not focused exclusively on female enslavement, Philip D. Morgan’s Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake & Lowcountry echoes the contrasting identities between white and black Americans and its impact on the moral development of society. According to Morgan, “Slavery was not curious abnormality, no aberration, no marginal features or early America. Most eighteenth-century Americans did not find it an embarrassment or an evil. Rather, slavery was a…

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    Critical Review of Barbara von Schewick 's part of Point Counterpoint: Network Neutrality Nuances Net neutrality is a problematic subject that has been around now for a number of years, and is now becoming a widely known and heavily debated topic. The basic definition of net neutrality is that any major ISP or the government cannot provide a bias on, or modify data packets coming from online servers. In the article “Point/Counterpoint Network Neutrality Nuances” partially written by Barbara von…

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