Tomas Luis de Victoria's Missa O magnum mysteriumParody Mass of Motet, O Magnum Mysterium
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's Pope Marcellus MassThis work exemplifies Palestrina’s Style, which became a model for subsequent generations and is still the ideal in present-day textbooks on counterpoint.
Arcadelt Madrigal "Il bianco e dolce cigno"The text alludes to a sexual climax (referred to in the 16th century as “the little death”) “dying fills me fully with complete joy and desire.” This was most likely performed by 4 men sitting around a table.
This last line of the ten-line poem takes up almost a quarter of the entire madrigal—Arcadelt gives singers plenty of time to dwell on the punch line. A string of imitative entrances portrays the words “thousand deaths a day” (“mille mort’ il di”).
Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg (A Mighty Fortress is our God)
Josquin des Prez's Ave Maria...virgo serenaOften called the “Mona Lisa” of Renaissance Music
One of his earliest and most popular motets
Polyphonic setting of a sacred
Latin text other than the Mass Ordinary.
Text refers to the five feasts of the Virgin, or the stations in the life of Mary from Conception through Assumption
Ars Nova treatiseAttributed to Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361)
Denoting the French musical style during his lifetime.
Rhythm and its notation centered, becoming the areas of the playground of de Vitry.
Period: 1098 BCE to 1179 BCE
Hildegard of Bingen1098: Born to noble family, promised to the church
1151: Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum (The Virtues)
1179: Hildegard's death
Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus (Little Treatise)4-line staff
Sight singing syllables
Round b (flat)
Square b (natural)