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Term Two most important Genres of Church Music in the Renaissance
Motet and Mass
Term Motet
Definition Genre of Renaissance Church music. Latin text with a sacred Subject.
Term Mass
Definition Roman Catholic church service; or the music written for it. Has 5 major sections.
Term Kyrie
Definition Section 1 of Mass, a simple prayer
Term Gloria
Definition Section 2 of Mass, a long hymn
Term Credo
Definition Section 3 of Mass, a recital of the Christian"s list of beliefs
Term Sanctus
Definition Section 4 of Mass, another shorter hymn
Term Agnus Dei
Definition Section 5 of Mass, another simple prayer
Term Madrigal
Definition The main secular vocal genre of the Renaissance
Term Homophony
Definition a musical texture that involves only one melody, combined with chords or other sounds.
Term Points of Imitation
Definition A short passage of imitative Polyphony based on a single theme or on two used together
Term Chanson
Definition French for song. A genre of French secular vocal music.
Term Renaissance
Definition "Rebirth" a time period in which the world changed in it"s thought process leaning towards the more secular side of things rather than the focus on God that was prevalent in Medieval times.
Term Describe the chief stylistic traits of Renaissance music.
Definition Defined Rhythm, general dynamics, more instruments
Term Discuss the general musical characteristics of Dufay"s hymn "Ave maris stella."
Definition Paraphrases and then Stanzas. Gregorian hymn, with embellishments in the stanzas and return to chant in paraphrases
Term Discuss the central characteristics of the late Renaissance mass as exemplified by Palestrina"s Gloria from the Pope Marcellus Mass.
Definition A capella, homophony,larger choir
Term Discuss the main features of Renaissance secular vocal music
Definition Clear rhythms, brilliant dynamics, light and bouncy, Not religious, not in Latin, usually in English, French or Italian, Chordal
Term Guillaume Dufay
Definition (1400-1474) French composer who worked in Italy for 25 years. He then returned to France and became a celebrity for working in the cathedral of Cambrai. Wrote “Ave Maris Stella”
Term Josquin Deperez
Definition (1450-1521) The first master of the Renaissance style, born in france worked in Italy. Wrote “Pange lingua Mass” and “Mille regrets”
Term Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Definition (1525-1594) Choirmaster of several of Rome’s most famous chapels and churches including the Sistine chapel during the counter-reformation. Wrote the “Pope Marcellus Mass”
Term Thomas Weelkes
Definition (1575-1623) Wasn’t the best church choirmaster but was a very good composer. One of the best composers of the Madrigal. Wrote “As Vesta Was from Latmos Hill Descending”.
Term Pavan
Definition Solemn dance in duple meter, often paired with the Galliard
Term Galliard
Definition Fast dance in triple meter, often paired with the slower Pavan
Term Paraphrase Technique
Definition A technique that smoothed out the complexity of the original plainchant and made it a melody that was easily listened to.
Term Equalvoiced polyphony
Definition Complex texture of different voices (Sop, Alt, Ten, Bass) creates a more or less continuous, harmonious work.
Term Imitative counterpoint
Definition A polyphonic musical texture in which the various melodic lines use approximately the same theme
Term Declamation
Definition The way words are set to music, in terms of rhythm, and accents etc
Term Word Painting
Definition Musical illustration of the meaning of a word or a short verbal phrase
Term The Sforzas of Milan
Term The Estes of Ferrara