Medieval and Renaissance Music

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Created on: 23 May 2008
This group devoted to the music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods (sometimes called "early music or Pre-baroque).

Welcome to the Medieval and Renaissance Music Group!----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The term medieval music encompasses European music written during the Middle Ages. This era begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and ends in approximately the middle of the fifteenth century. Establishing the end of the medieval era and the beginning of the Renaissance is admittedly arbitrary; 1400 is used here.
Renaissance music is European music written during the Renaissance, approximately 1400 - 1600. Defining the beginning of the era is difficult, given the lack of abrupt shifts in musical thinking during the 15th century. The process by which music acquired "Renaissance" characteristics was a gradual one, and musicologists have placed its beginnings from as early as 1300 to as late as the 1470s..

Medieval artist: Jan Van Eyck's Rolin Madonna

The discovery of linear perspective, usually credited to Filippo Brunelleschi and the artists of the Florentine Renaissance, has long been presented as one of the great accomplishments of western art. According to conventional wisdom, this discovery marks the beginning of a mature art, an art that shows things as they really are, as opposed to the primitive art of the middle ages.

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