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Medieval Music. General Characteristics of Medieval Music. Liturgical Notated music is mostly vocal Smooth, conjuct melodic contours Folk, dance, instrumental Secular song. Medieval Music. General Characteristics of Medieval Music. Syllabic Neumatic Mellismatic.

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medieval music
Medieval Music

General Characteristics of Medieval Music

  • Liturgical
  • Notated music is mostly vocal
  • Smooth, conjuct melodic contours
  • Folk, dance, instrumental Secular song
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Medieval Music

General Characteristics of Medieval Music

  • Syllabic
  • Neumatic
  • Mellismatic
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Medieval Music

Anon, Kyrie (plainchant)

  • Monophonic
  • Roman Catholic Mass
  • Latin vs. Greek
  • Three levels of organization
  • Neumatic
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Medieval Music

Beatriz de Dia (late twelfth century)

  • Troubador
  • Strophic
  • Unrequieted love
  • ABABAB structure
  • Secular
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Medieval Music

Perotinus (ca. 1170-1236)

  • Organum
  • Monophony vs. Polyphony
  • Rich harmonies
  • Rhythmic drive
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Medieval Music

Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377)

  • Roundeau
  • Two contrasting sections
  • Alternating meters
  • Chromatic
  • Instrumental accompaniment