What does the term Renaissance mean?
During what years did the Renaissance occur?
What is humanism?
Where did the Renaissance begin?
You are going to hear two pieces of music. One is from the Medieval Era and the
other is from the Renaissance. Create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast
the two pieces. Work with a partner to identify as many for each as possible.
“Veni Emmanuel” “Fair Phyllis”
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Taken from an article in USA TODAY
Renaissance means Rebirth or Revival
Lasted from approximately 1450-1600
Term was originally used to mean a revival of
the study of the classical Greek and Roman
Time when the fine arts flourished; began in
Renaissance began in Florence, Italy and
spread throughout Europe.
Marked the transition from Medieval age to
Humanism, emphasis on human capabilities,
asserted itself and moved society away from
Visual artists such as Leonardo da Vinci,
Michelangelo, and Raphael created some of
the greatest works of all time.
•Overall, music was more complex than in
the Medieval Era
•Vocal music more important than
•Sacred music more important than secular
•Music with a polyphonic texture continued to
•Composers began writing for four or more parts,
paying attention to harmony for the first time
Just like today, popular songs of the
Renaissance were often love songs.
Renaissance bands were called
consorts, which is a group made up of
one instrument family-the same instrument
in different sizes.
Consorts played arrangements of the most
Do you think this is a consort?
Why or why not? If so, what
instrument do you think you
Royalty hired musicians to perform at events
Traveling musicians continued to perform
secular music for average citizens
Renaissance and early
Through composed =
different music for each
stanza of the lyrics
Renaissance music style
The music serves the
‘Mot’ is the French word
Based on the information on the previous
slide, is this a motet or a madrigal? Why?
- Sacred text
- A cappella