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Renaissance Music


Renaissance Music
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.27

     challenging words:    consort, ensemble, krummhorns, motet, polyphony, secular, shawms, unaccompanied, non-religious, madrigal, publication, literature, accompany, lute, text, ballroom
     content words:    Giovanni Palestrina

Renaissance Music
By Sharon Fabian

1     European music came into its own during the Renaissance. No longer was music just background for the words to a song. It became an art form.
2     There were many interesting developments in music during this time period. One of these, as unrelated as it may sound, was the invention of the printing press. Along with literature, news, and advertisements, the printing press also allowed for the publication of sheet music. This made music available to the public for the first time.
3     Before the invention of the printing press, the average person could only learn a new song if he memorized it by ear. The only way to copy a piece of music was to rewrite it by hand in the same way that monks made handwritten copies of the Bible.

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