- Kelly Thomas Forrest
‘Repertories: Renaissance’ explores the music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Sacred Renaissance music included masses, which combined the sung portions of the Catholic mass with a thematic musical link, and motets (which introduced imitation to the Renaissance style). Secular music comprised vocal forms, such as madrigals, and instrumental forms, which were vocal forms performed on instruments. Improvised music by definition was not written down, but clues exist as to how it was performed. The participatory nature of Renaissance music is important, and we can enjoy Renaissance music now as it was enjoyed then; with close links between high and low society, and between professionals and amateurs.