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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a medieval music unit of a standard introductory humanities course. Topics covered include:
- Music in the name of the Church
- The beginnings of harmony
- Characteristics and composers of motets
- Love songs of this time period
- Styles and songs of medieval composers
1. What Is Medieval Music? - History, Church Music & Composers
In this lesson, you will learn about the characteristics of medieval music. You'll learn about the influence and power of the church in music and composers who exemplified these ideals, as well as those who brought music out of the church and into the streets and kingdoms across Western Europe.
2. Medieval Church Music: Gregorian Chant & Plainchant
Why is Gregorian Chant called 'Gregorian Chant?' Learn the answer, and discover the specific elements of Gregorian Chant, including its harmonic structures, variations and how it changed throughout the Medieval Period.
3. Singing and Polyphony in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Vocal music was important in both sacred and secular music in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. In this lesson, you will find out about the development of vocal styles during these time periods.
4. Motets: Characteristics & Composers
What is a motet? How did motets differ in the Medieval and Renaissance periods? Learn the characteristics of the different motets and key composers from each period in this lesson.
5. Unrequited and Courtly Love Songs of the Medieval Period
Troubadours entertained the royalty of the mid- and late-Medieval Period with songs of love and chivalry. In this lesson, learn about the twelfth and thirteenth century poet-musicians and their musical contributions.
6. Medieval Composers: Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Leonin & Perotin
Four of the most important composers from the Medieval Period were Hildegard von Bingen, Leonin, Perotin, and Guillaume de Machaut. Learn about their contributions and key musical works in this lesson.
7. Leonin and Perotin: Musical Contributions, Polyphony & Ars Antiqua
The development of polyphonic, or multi-part music, was a fundamental part of the late Medieval period, and it forever influenced music thereafter. In this lesson, learn about how polyphony developed through the Medieval church composers Leonin and Perotin.
8. Guillaume de Machaut: Music and Ars Nova Style
Guillaume de Machaut was a French composer of the Medieval Era who significantly changed the course of music. Learn how his contributions to both sacred and secular music made him the most highly-regarded composer of his time.
9. Hildegard von Bingen and Female Church Composers: Music and Styles
Hildegard von Bingen was one of the most important composers of the Medieval Period. In this lesson, learn how her compositions pushed the limits of medieval music and inspired others both musically and poetically.
10. Alleluia: Definition, Music & Chords
Alleluia is a popular religious word that many composers have set to music down through the centuries. In this lesson, you'll have the chance to learn about the word's history and meaning while exploring several famous musical examples.
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