Medieval and Renaissance Music

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Medieval Music

c. 800-1450

Features:

  • Drone - long notes
  • Parallel 4ths and 5ths (Organum) - staying 4/5 notes apart 
  • Plagal cadences - last 2 chords (piece/phrase) 
  • Use of modes - medieval scale (Dorian D's) 
  • Polyphonic and monophonic textures* 
  • Sacred and and secular music - sacred = religious, secular = non-religious 
  • Plainchant - monk/chant music 

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