Motets, Measures, and the New Art

This blog post analyzes the motet, which was a style of polyphonic vocal music that evolved during the European Middle Ages. The motet featured simultaneous, overlapping vocal lines of varying text. They were compositionally dense and musically sophisticated. Progenitors of the motet like Philippe de Vitry, Franco of Cologne, and Guillaume de Mauchaut, are covered.

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The Emergence of Polyphony

This blog post covers the rise of polyphonic chant during the Middle Ages. It focuses on the tradition’s development in southern France and its coming of age in northern France. Two famous composers, Leonin and Perotin, who were liturgical musicians operating at the Notre Dame Cathedral School during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, are also covered.

Music beyond the Church

This blog post is about secular music of the European Middle Ages. It describes the troubadour tradition of reciting epic poetry and singing devotional love songs. It also analyzes how this tradition spread throughout Europe from its epicenter in Aquitaine. Famous figures such as William IX, Bernard de Ventadorn, and Adam de la Halle are covered.

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