Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular


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Which composer was known for his motets?

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1. Which composer focused on the text rather than the music?

2. Which of the following was an unaccompanied secular vocal song in the Renaissance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Renaissance was a turning point for both secular and sacred music. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these trends.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Secular Renaissance music
  • Sacred Renaissance music
  • Famous Renaissance era composers and their works
  • Popular musical trends and instruments

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding music during the Renaissance
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about major trends in secular and sacred Renaissance music
  • Making connections - correlate styles of music and popular instruments with the shifts in preferred and popular music trends
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as specific types of Renaissance song

Additional Learning

To learn more about music during the Renaissance, review the accompanying lesson called Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Major trends in sacred and secular Renaissance-era music
  • Popular musical styles and instruments in the Renaissance
  • Popular and significant Renaissance-era composers