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The History of Music: Medieval Music

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

Music is found in every known culture and religion, past and present, varying widely between times and places. Since all people of the world, including the most isolated tribal groups, have a form of music, it may be concluded that music is likely to have been present in the ancestral population prior to the dispersal of humans around the world.

Medieval music refers to the music of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, roughly from the 6th to the 15th century. During this period, music was primarily religious in nature and centered around the Catholic Church. Musical styles and forms included plainchant, a monophonic vocal music that was used in liturgical settings, as well as polyphonic music, which featured multiple independent melodies. Composers such as Hildegard von Bingen and Guillaume de Machaut were among the most prominent composers of medieval music. The development of musical notation during this period also helped to standardize musical practices and paved the way for the emergence of new musical styles in later periods.

Music Lesson Plans: The History of Music (Medieval)


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