MUSI 3311-01

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In Music
  • Period:

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo’s “Micrologus”

    Made around 1030, this innovation created the 4-line staff, the idea of relative pitch, sight singing syllables, and the round b (which is flat) and a square b (which is natural).
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    Hildegard of Bingen

    A woman born into nobility, but promised to the church at a young age. Eventually started a convent near Bingen. Very popular composer and claimed all music was divinely inspired through visions.
  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    Laid the groundwork for modern notation, especially with meter signatures. This made it one of the most influential and significant treatises in the history of western music.
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  • 1485

    Ave Maria ... virgo serena

    This piece by Josquin Motet was often referred to as the “Mona Lisa” of Renaissance Music.
  • 1529

    Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is our God)

    Martin Luther.
  • 1538

    Il bianco e dulce cigno

    Italian Madrigal by Arcadelt.
  • 1567

    Pope Marcellus Mass

    Mass written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and according to legend, this mass, dedicated to the pope, demonstrated that sacred words could be intelligible in polyphonic music with 6 voices. The significance to this piece is its mostly stepwise motion, dissonances introduced in suspensions and resolved on strong beats. These dissonances happen between beats, but only allowed if the moving voice is doing so in a stepwise fashion or as a suspension.
  • 1572

    O magnum mysterium

    Composed by Tomás Luis de Victoria.
  • Sonata pian’e forte

    Composed by Giovanni Gabrieli and performed in St. Mark’s Basilica, was very significant for 2 reasons. One reason being that it is the first ever written piece of music in history to specify what instrument plays what parts. Second reason is that it is the first piece of music in history to designate dynamics.