Music and Instruments Secular and religious music in Medieval Europe was an important part of everyday life in the Middle Ages, it was most important time was during festivities and celebrations. The people in those times would celebrate on any occasions from all holidays that we celebrate like Christmas, to even before meals. In that period of time music was more important and a great form of entertainment than it is modern time. They had many different types of music and instruments they played to entertain guests and personal use. They did not only use instruments but they sang and they danced to entertain as well. (Sherrane) The people in the Middle Ages developed all kinds of music that had great influences over Europe. They played all kinds of music from Arab love songs to all holiday and special occasion music.(“medieval) The holiday music would be played during weddings, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and many more occasions. The dancers would prefer specially prepared, high-pitched music to dance to. On Valentine’s Day love music was played that got everyone in the holiday spirit. The music they played was called “chivaree”. During Christmas they would use bells to lift spirits and brought the good news of Jesus birth.(Reese) The people of the Medieval times would play music whether it was for a special occasion of just dinning at a meal. Medieval music in Europe was influenced by various foreign cultures including Arab love songs. In the 11th and 12th centuries Troubadours and Minstrels came into action. (Mcdougal) These people were poets and musicians that sang or were hired to sing for people to their loved ones, they would usually sing songs or poems that the person that hired the troubadours would have made. The music consisted mostly of courtly love. These troubadours were very popular in the medieval times and were hired by lots of people. Most music was only transmitted by...
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