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  • The Motet

    The motet has been defined by scholars in various ways, including by Margaret Bent as simply "a piece of music in several parts with words," a definition that applies from the Thirteenth Century onwards (Bent 1992: 114). It is generally used to refer to sacred choral works, usually of a polyphonic nature (Nosow 2012: 1), but later in the Renaissance Era, compositions became more varied in subject and style, as the motet transformed from its cantus firmus-based, isorhythmic origins to a more free and often secular genre. Despite these vast changes, as Robert Nosow points out, Motets almost exclusively used Latin text, which demonstrates that a degree of prestige has always been associated with the style (Nosow 2012: 84). The early renaissance…

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  • The Virgin Mary In Du Fay's Poem

    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…

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  • Sacred Music In The Middle Ages

    Music can be traced all the way back to 500 B.C. when Pythagoras experimented with sounds and discovered tones can be formed from plucking strings. During the Middle Ages is when music began to be considered a gift from God. A common way to praise and worship our God was through music; this is how sacred music came about. Soon later, sacred music eventually was overcome by secular music, which is more along the lines of crusades, dancing, and love songs and less of the more religious and…

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  • Isorhythmic Motet Analysis

    title of the isorhythmic motet is “Felix virgo/ Inviolata genitrix/ Ad te suspiramus” and is composed by Guillaume de Machaut. The structure of this motet is an isorhythmic motet in that it is made up of two poems where the motet gets its lyrics. The translation of the motet title is “Happy Virgin/ Inviolate mother/ To you” in reference to the Virgin Mother Mary. The last words of the title “...Ad te suspiramus” is a song that was made to the Virgin Mary to come and give support and to help…

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  • Petrus De Cruce Analysis

    significance both historically and culturally on the motet genre. One of significance aspects of this piece is the voice range of triplum and motetus as well as how rhythmetrically complex it is. While not completely confined to that, the paper will discuss the characteristics of the motet as well as the implication of musical content and texture that Cruce used in his piece. The Rise of the Motet The motet was originally thought to have risen in the thirteenth century upon being influenced…

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  • Analysis Of Gradual Viderunt Omnes

    Viderunt Omnes: clausula No. 26 and clausula No. 29; Motets on Tenor Dominus: Factum est salutare/Dominus, Fole acostumance/Dominus, and Super te/Sed fulsit virginitas/Dominus; and De ma dame vient/Dieus, comment porroi/Omnes by Adam de la Halle are four such examples. The tenor lines of Clausulae and Motets have “Dominus” as the text, and the melodies are almost identical to that of the original except for a few notes which were altered presumably to sound better with the duplum. For example,…

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  • Greason De Machaut Analysis

    Meaning the treble voices dominated the work. The mass was written for the Reims Cathedral were he served as a clergy member. Excluding the Kyrie Machaut seems to use his style of writing motet to compose this Mass. The mass contains 5 movements a Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and a Agnus Dei. Though it was not the very first polyphonic cycle of the mass, it was the first by a single composer. Because of this the creation of this mass did come without a few obstacles. One of the largest…

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  • Middle Ages Music Vs Renaissance Music

    During both The Middle Ages and the Renaissance scarce music was developed. The purpose of scarce music is to “inspire the faithful to worship.” All of the music was written in Latin and placed into part books. A small amount of women viewed themselves as professional musicians during these two time periods. Both eras developed instrumental genres for dance music. Instruments are categorized into two sections bas and haut. A bas instrument throughout these eras was a recorder. The opposite of…

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  • Medieval And Renaissance Music Essay

    Renaissance composers often used word painting, a musical representation of specific poetic images. Certain elements made Renaissance music sounds fuller than medieval music. Composers considered the harmonic effect of chords rather than superimposing one melody above another. Also, typical choral pieces have four, five, or six voices parts of nearly equal melodic interest. The two main Forms of sacred Renaissance Music are the mass and the motet. The mass is the liturgical music for church…

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  • Renaissance Music Vs Baroque Music

    rhythms. Unlike Baroque music, Renaissance music was composed and expressed in a balanced way that had no big difference between it dynamics, tone color, or rhythm. Music texture was mostly polyphonic in the Renaissance, however homophonic music was composed for dance music. Composers used a simple and calm rhythm. In a piece of Renaissance music each melodic line has rhythmic independence. There are two forms of Renaissance…

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