The Evolution of Music (P. 2/6, the Renaissance).

The Renaissance (1300 to 1700 approximately) is a period that took place from the 14th to the 16th Century.

Renaissance means Rebirth. It came right after the Dark Ages.

People sought the revival of classic teachings from ancient Greece & Rome.

school of athens

The School of Athens (Scuola di Atene) by Raphael

The Renaissance is remembered as a stage of renewal & cultural vitality. Rich in new discoveries & creations, including the printing press, continents, astronomical systems, philosophy, literature, *art*, & plenty others.

The people experienced political stability & prosperity after being plagued by the Dark Ages, quite literally.

After a period defined in the most part by the confines of the Church, the Renaissance represented a stage for them to explore deep into humanism.

Vitruvian Man

The Vitruvian Man (Le proporzioni del corpo umano secondo Vitruvio) by: Leonardo Da Vinci

A school in the Netherlands for composers mastered polyphony & created the Flemish style. One of the early composers was Josquin des Prez &  the music genre reached its climax with Giovanni da Palestrina.

In the later years of the Renaissance appeared English composers: John Dowland, William Byrd & Thomas Morley, among others with the English madrigal genre.

A lovely song by Thomas Morley:

PART THREE: The Baroque Age —>

Stay curious,


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