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Renaissance Music KET Video Notes. Palestrina. The Greatest Known Composer of the Renaissance Time Period. Most of his career was in spent in service to the church (Roman Catholic Church) He was and is considered to be the “Master of Counterpoint” What is Counterpoint…let’s take a look….

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Palestrina
Palestrina

  • The Greatest Known Composer of the Renaissance Time Period.

  • Most of his career was in spent in service to the church (Roman Catholic Church)

  • He was and is considered to be the “Master of Counterpoint”

    • What is Counterpoint…let’s take a look…


Counterpoint polyphony
Counterpoint/Polyphony

  • Up to 4 individual lines that move together in music.

  • EACH LINE IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT AND CONSIDERED A MELODY

  • Imitation—the way that each melody is “tweaked” and closely related to the “1st Melody” of the song.


Homophony
Homophony

  • One Line is the most important…

  • This important line is considered the melody

  • This is what you typically listen to on the radio…Lead Singer with Back up Instruments and Vocals…

    • The Back Up Instruments and Vocals is also called the Accompaniment