Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina


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How does counterpoint work?

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1. Emily is reading the sheet music for a Renaissance choral arrangement for six voices. Was this piece written in the early or late Renaissance, and why?

2. Which of the following was NOT a quality of Renaissance composition?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Looking at the stylistic changes in music during this time, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of Renaissance polyphony. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what a counterpoint is as well as knowing how many singers were in a typical choral arrangement during the Renaissance period.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Definition of a counterpoint
  • Number of singers in a typical chorus
  • Quality of a Renaissance composition
  • Characteristics of imitative polyphony
  • Composers epitomizing Renaissance polyphony

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the number of singers in a typical chorus and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Renaissance polyphony lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the definition of a counterpoint

Additional Learning

To learn more about what would inspire generations to come, review the corresponding lesson Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what polyphony is
  • Identify how harmony in music is achieved
  • Describe the difference in music between the Renaissance and the Middle Ages
  • Explain how music during this time incorporated counterpoint
  • Appreciate the three composers who stand out for their genius and style