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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Early Music: A Very Short Introduction  

Thomas Forrest Kelly

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199730766
A Very Short Introduction
3. Repertories: Renaissance

3. Repertories: Renaissance  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
3. Repertories: Renaissance Renaissance, to musicians, means essentially the music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is not really a rebirth of anything, but it is a period whose music has a sort of Apollonian balance; a quality found also in Renaissance visual art. This is the period of the great composers of polyphonic vocal music: Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Des Pres, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina—all of them churchmen, at a time when church music was at the cutting edge of musical style (not so true today…). Masses and motets led the way for composers of other music, but all
3. Literary spaces, literary identities

3. Literary spaces, literary identities  

Elaine Treharne

in Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782367
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10.1093/actrade/9780199668496.003.0004
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chapter
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9780199668496
3. Literary spaces, literary identities
2. Repertories: Medieval

2. Repertories: Medieval  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0002
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
2. Repertories: Medieval The Middle Ages is the period usually defined as what comes between the end of classical antiquity and the rediscovery and revival of the classics in the Renaissance; for music, however, that period marks not a middle but the beginning of Western history. From Gregorian chant to the late fourteenth century, the music we consider medieval was among the first, and the last, to be revived in modern times. First, because the revival of Gregorian chant in the nineteenth century went along with the Romantic revival of Gothic architecture; and chant has been with us ever since,
5. Performing issues

5. Performing issues  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
5. Performing issues An important aspect of early music, a way of defining it dynamically, is the effort to take a piece of music on its own terms, to perform music in its own way. If we grant that each piece of music comes into existence in a specific time and place, reflecting its own culture, then it follows that its audience was used to the musicians and the performing styles of that period. If we want to reflect that cultural background, if we want to have the sound-experience that listeners had when that piece was new, we should perform

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