Dance Music of the Renaissance: History and Forms


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Which of the following Renaissance dances was a slow, processional-style, in 2-beat time?

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1. Which of the following pieces inspired the instrumental suite?

2. The pavane was often paired with which other dance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet/quiz combination can help you gauge your understanding of the contributions made by dance music during the Renaissance to the establishment and nurture of cultural and societal practices. Topics you'll need to know about to pass the quiz include the purposes of dance, dance music and dance forms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Two-beat dances of the period
  • The inspiration for instrumental suites
  • Pairing of dance forms
  • Purposes of dance music

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of dance forms
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about dance music of the Renaissance in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as the pavane and the galliard
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Renaissance dance and music

Additional Learning

To review the central concepts related to dance music of the Renaissance, review the brief lesson on that topic. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the purposes served by dance music during the Renaissance
  • Discover the distinguishing characteristics and the impact of the pairing of slow and fast dances
  • Learn how the synchronization of rhythms with dance forms lead to increasing complex dance steps
  • Examine how the absence of dancers did nothing to diminish the popularity of instrumental music as an entity on its own