Ch 2: The Renaissance Period in Music

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The Renaissance Period in Music - Chapter Summary

This self-paced chapter makes the process of studying the Renaissance period in music fun and simple! Watch entertaining video lessons developed by top instructors to discover new information about or improve your knowledge of various Renaissance composers, dance and instrumental music of the period and much more. Each lesson is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz designed to check your comprehension of key concepts. We also offer full transcripts that allow you to print the lesson materials or read them online. If you need help clarifying any details presented in this chapter, don't hesitate to submit your questions to our subject-matter experts. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:

  • Describe madrigals and the vocal parts of Renaissance songs
  • Differentiate between sacred and secular Renaissance music
  • Discuss Renaissance composers like Josquin and Dufay
  • Exhibit knowledge of the rise of Renaissance polyphony
  • Explain the English and Italian schools of Renaissance composers
  • Describe instruments invented during the Renaissance and vocal music performed on these instruments
  • Detail the history and forms of dance music of the Renaissance

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Renaissance Period in Music
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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.

Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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