MUSIC HISTORY TIMELINE. Antiquity. prehistoric times to about 200 A.D. Music of ancient Greece. Mainly what we know is: MONOPHONIC- comprised of a single melodic line without accompaniment or harmonic support. Improvisation-a musician’s ability to alter, vary, or ornament a melody.
Centers of musical activity shifted from central France and Italy to England, northern
France and the Franco-Flemish region.
GENRES OF MUSIC - Mass, motet, carol, and secular polyphony.
Principal English composer of the 1st half of the 15th Century was John Dunstable.
FRANCO-FLEMISH MUSIC (NETHERLANDS)
Franco- Flemish composers developed new techniques rather than new genres.
In the canonic form, new imitative devices appeared
The 16th century was an era of great achievements in all
the humanities. In music, vocal polyphony reached a
pinnacle of expressiveness that stands among the highest
in the history of Western music. The following important
Although Franco-Flemish techniques dominated throughout Europe, other national schools emerged over the course of the century.
The technique of vocal polyphony was highly developed.
Vocal style was dominant but the beginning of an independent instrumental style was evident.
Although instrumental music in the Renaissance never
matched the quantity or quality of vocal music, it is important because
it reveals the rise of interest in instrumental media and the first
realization of an independent instrumental idiom.