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Music of the Renaissance - Chapter Summary
For a thorough overview of Renaissance music, look no further than this collection of engaging music history lessons. Inside the chapter, you'll find informative lessons that examine the compositional characteristics of Renaissance madrigals, vocal parts and forms of dance music. You'll also study famous Renaissance composers, the two main schools of Renaissance composition and the types of religious and secular music of the time period. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe Renaissance madrigals and vocal parts, including bass, tenor, alto and soprano
- Differentiate between sacred and secular Renaissance music
- Identify influential Renaissance composers, including Guillaume Dufay, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Josquin Des Prez
- Compare the English and Italian schools of Renaissance composers
- Summarize the history and forms of dance music during the Renaissance
To help you retain the information you study and give you practice answering questions about Renaissance music, we've included a short self-assessment quiz following each lesson. Our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have, and you're encouraged to print the word-for-word lesson transcripts to study offline. Use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter material and study whenever it fits your schedule.
1. Songs of the Renaissance: Madrigals and Vocal Parts
A key musical component of the Renaissance period was the madrigal. In this lesson, learn how the complex church vocal music from the end of the Medieval Era was transformed into singable melodies made for the secular courts and the educated public.
2. Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular
The Renaissance Era (ca. 1450-1600) brought about great change in both sacred and secular music. In this lesson, you'll learn about the most significant types of sacred and secular music in the Renaissance Era and their characteristics.
3. Renaissance Composers: Josquin, Palestrina, & Dufay
While there were many composers that brought new ideas, changes and influences to Renaissance Era music, there are three composers that clearly exemplify the styles and progressions made at the time. In this lesson, learn about these three composers and their contributions.
4. Composers of the Renaissance Period: Instrumental Music of Byrd & Gabrieli
The rise of printed media during the Renaissance period helped instrumental music move to the forefront of musical development. In this lesson, learn about William Byrd and Giovanni Gabrieli, two significant instrumental composers of the time.
5. Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina
While not a new concept, polyphony underwent great development during the Renaissance period. In this lesson, learn how music evolved texturally, and how three great composers of the time period influenced this development.
6. Schools of Renaissance Composers: English and Italian
The Virginalist, Flemish, and Venetian schools of musical thought were highly influential throughout Europe during the Renaissance. In this lesson, learn the hallmarks and styles of each school and their collective impact on music of the time.
7. Instrumental Music of the Renaissance: Instruments, Compositions & Dance
Before the Renaissance, vocal music was king, but in the 16th century instrumental music was on the rise. In this lesson, you'll learn about the top five factors that influenced the rise of instrumental music during the Renaissance period.
8. Dance Music of the Renaissance: History and Forms
Long before the Harlem shake, swing dancing and even the waltz, there was Renaissance-style dance music. Learn about the music behind the dance, and how dance influenced the future of music.
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Other chapters within the TExES Music EC-12: Practice and Study Guide course
- About the TExES Music EC-12 Exam
- Elements of Music Notation
- Elements of Pitch
- Elements of Melody
- Elements of Tone
- Elements of Harmony in Music
- Elements of Chord Progression
- Nonharmonic Tones
- Meter & Rhythm
- Musical Forms
- Music Sections
- Composing, Arranging & Improvising Music
- Vocal Range
- Principles of Singing
- Understanding Instruments
- Opera and Orchestral Music
- Medieval Music
- Music in the Baroque Period
- The Classical Period in Music
- The Romantic Period in Music
- Jazz Music
- Musical Theater and Popular Music
- Music of the Modern Era
- Contemporary Music
- Music of the World
- Music Instruction in Texas
- Music Teaching Strategies