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Start your research by reviewing the resources available on this page and the databases listed on the Year 9 Music page. Search WorldCat for items in our library and carefully select which databases and encyclopedias will be of most use to your purpose or task. Think about your search terms carefully and refine them as you learn more about the topic. The links below provide a starting point for information about Renaissance Music. Documentary evidence for the Renaissance Period is sometimes incomplete and you may find different dates cited in various sources.
Heibrunn Timeline of Art History Music in the Renaissance.
As well as providing historic information, this article also contains images of Renaissance instruments including, the lute, Renaissance keyboards, Renaissance Organs and the viol. Click on the related links to the right of the page. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA.
BBC artist profile links to Wikipedia biography and a performance discussion. Josquin: Miserere mei Deus and commentary from the Story of Music - Howard Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Miserere mei Deus by Josquin de Prez.
Video clips of assorted Renaissance dances including the pavan, galliard, canary, sword dances, and courtly dance suites, as well as a comic piece in the style of an antimasque from a court masque. The Shakespeare and Dance Project. USA.
Outlines the sections of the mass and the parts set to music during the Renaissance. Use the forward button at top of the page to move forward, reveal more detail and hear the music.
A special feature of the four-part and five-part Masses is Byrd's treatment of the Agnus Dei, which employ the technique which Byrd had previously applied to the petitionary clauses from the motets of the 1589 and 1591 Cantiones sacrae. The final words dona nobis pacem ('grant us peace'), which are set to chains of anguished suspensions in the Four-Part Mass and expressive block homophony in the five-part setting almost certainly reflect the aspirations of the troubled Catholic community of the 1590s.
Vermont Public Radio (USA) program featuring the development of the madrigal. Sound and print.
One of England's most well-known and popular madrigals - Now is the month of maying is a frolicking 5-part choral piece. Lumina recorded this in the gorgeous acoustic of St Aloysius Church at Sevenhill, October 2019.
This instructive webpage allows you to hear what an instrument sounds like. Click on the image of a Renaissance instrument, you will have access to hearing what it sounds like and also to information about the instrument itself. Iowa State University, Department of Music and Theatre.
Lists and describes several percussion instruments including: drums, tamborine and finger cymbals. Images and sound recordings. Department of Music and Theatre Iowa State University.
Designed by The Early Music Shop of Bradford England. This cylindrical drum has two heads, one with a snare. When the drum head is struck with the drum sticks, the snare adds a vibration, or rattle, to the drum's din. The Renaissance style drums have a tension rim holding the skin head, and the snare is on the bottom head. This style of drum is a traditional military drum with a long history. They were used to mark time for marching or to signal during confrontations.