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Ch 6: The Medieval Period in Music

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

The Medieval Period in Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

During the medieval period, music served many functions, much like it does today. It was used at celebrations and to help create an atmosphere that matched the occasion. Various instruments were used, such as recorders, horns and drums. Many people also believed that music helped with digestion, so it was usually played during meals. In this chapter, you'll learn plenty more about this era of music. You'll begin to understand what characterizes it from other types of music and see the distinct nature of this type of music. By the end of the chapter, you'll have learned about:

  • The history of medieval music
  • Gregorian chant and types of medieval music
  • Composers like Leonin, Perotin and Palestrina

Video Objective
What is Medieval Music? - History, Church Music & Composers Discover how medieval music began and its characteristics.
Motets: Characteristics & Composers Study motets and its characteristics and composers.
Medieval Composers: Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Leonin & Perotin Take a look at the various composers who found fame in this period.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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