Copyright

Ch 8: Renaissance Music

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and take self-assessment quizzes to learn about the different aspects of Renaissance music. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Renaissance Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The Renaissance era of music flows right alongside the Renaissance period, which was known as a rebirth period. People began focusing on personal achievements, moving away from more religious pursuits. The resulting music from this period showcased the new freedoms felt by individuals. It was quite distinct with a polyphonic style and a rise in secular music. New musical instruments also came on the scene, such as the clavichord. Our instructor will introduce you to all of these ideas in this chapter. Some of the specific concepts talked about include:

  • What a madrigal is and the vocal parts in songs from this period
  • Sacred vs. secular music styles and how they differed during the Renaissance
  • Composers of the era from various countries
  • Polyphony and its use during the era
  • Schools of composers that distinguished different styles during the Renaissance

Video Objective
Songs of the Renaissance: Madrigals and Vocal Parts Examine the different vocal parts, such as soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular Learn how sacred and secular music differs.
Renaissance Composers: Josquin, Palestrina, Dufay & More Analyze the works and styles of Guillaume Dufay, Josquin des Prez, Palestrina, Byrd and Gabrieli.
Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina Take a deeper look at the styles of these composers.
'Schools' of Renaissance Composers: English and Italian Explore the Virginalist school and the Venetian school.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Renaissance Music
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Songs of the Renaissance: Madrigals and Vocal Parts

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.

Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular

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.

Renaissance Composers: Josquin, Palestrina, & Dufay

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.

Composers of the Renaissance Period: Instrumental Music of Byrd & Gabrieli

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.

Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina

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.

Schools of Renaissance Composers: English and Italian

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.

Instrumental Music of the Renaissance: Instruments, Compositions & Dance

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.

Dance Music of the Renaissance: History and Forms

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support