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The History of Music: Renaissance 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.

Renaissance music refers to the music of Europe during the Renaissance period, roughly from the 14th to the 16th century. During this time, there was a renewed interest in classical antiquity and humanism, which led to the emergence of new musical forms and styles. Secular music became more prominent, with the rise of the madrigal, a polyphonic vocal composition that set poetry to music. Instrumental music also gained popularity, with the development of new instruments such as the lute and the viol. Renaissance composers such as Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Thomas Tallis created some of the most enduring and celebrated works of Western classical music, which continue to be studied and performed today. The period also saw the development of new musical notation systems and the spread of printed music, which helped to disseminate music more widely.

Music Lesson Plans: The History of Music (Renaissance)


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