A history of Renaissance music focused on the music itself and the social and institutional contexts that shaped musical genres and performance. This book provides a complete overview of music in the 15th and 16th Centuries. It explains the most significant features of the music and the distinguishing characteristics of Renaissance composers (in Europe and the New World). It includes a large integrated anthology of 94 musical examples, as well as illustrations of musical instruments, notation, and ensembles.
An introduction to the music of the Renaissance period of Western civilization, for students and music lovers. Focus is on the history of musical style and how composers' attitudes toward written, composed music changed over the course of 200 years. Contains chapters on key figures and their innovations, as well as particular styles and genres. This second edition brings material up to date in matters of historical record, and reflects scholarship since 1976. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.