A Comparison from the Renaissance to the Middle Ages

Topics: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Dark Ages, Italy, Periodization, High Middle Ages / Pages: 3 (584 words) / Published: Dec 18th, 2012
Compare and contrast the Renaissance to the Middle Ages (542 words) By Makayla Barnes: Period four

Before we had the music we have now there were periods of time before us that had different types of music. One was the Renaissance. The Renaissance was for the years 1450 to 1600. The word Renaissance means rebirth; it is known as that because it was the time period of human creativity and exploration. For example, Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492 to prove that the world isn't flat. Then also Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519 was a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist and musician as well.

There was also a time period before the Renaissance called the middle ages also known as medieval times or the dark age. The middle ages was the years 500 to 1450. The Middle Ages usually is divided into three categories: The Early Middle Ages, The High Middle Ages, and finally The Late Middle Ages. Even though they were different time periods they do still have some things in common but they also have their differences when it comes to music.

The first thing is polyphonic music. First off polyphony is a texture consisting of two or more independent melodic lines , as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music. The Renaissance and the Middle Ages both consisted of polyphonic music but they were very different. In the Medieval times there was only one melody and in the Renaissance there was an equal importance of voices in the songs.Then also in the medieval times there was soprano, alto, tenor, bass voices while the Renaissance just had more than one voice. Then their melodies were different. A melody is a sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying. During the Renaissance each melodic line has great rhythmic independence and moves more with a gentle flow than a sharply defined beat so the pitch patterns of the melodies are easy to sing because the melody usually moves along a scale with few large leaps. In the Middle Ages

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