Music History during the Renaissance Period, 1520-1550: A Documented Chronology

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Secular Vocal Music

A. The French Chanson

1. Introduction

a) The chanson was clearly in a transitional period as a genre at the approach of the sixteenth century PerMR, 607

(1) The transformation was a gradual one with a number of different influences at work to bring about these changes

(2) The influences that had the greatest impact appear to have varied as well from one region to another

b) The once homogeneous Franco-Flemish song style shattered decisively in the second quarter of the sixteenth century AtlR, 421

(1) A stylistic gulf developed between the settings of serious poetry by Pierre de la Rue and the lighter, more airy approach of the three-part popular arrangements of the French royal court of Louis XII

(2) By the 1520s the split hardened along geographic lines with one style of chanson in the Low Countries and another in France

(a) The labels generally attached to the above are "Netherlandish" and "Parisian" respectively

(3) The Netherlandish chanson was a direct offspring of the Franco-Flemish central tradition of thick, imitative counterpoint AtlR, 421

(a) The music was composed by many French-speaking composers who were born beyond the borders of the French kingdom DobO, vii

i) Most of these composers were born in the area now known as Belgium

ii) They often worked in Italy, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere

iii) They were often hampered by very poor poems and would avoid difficulty by setting these verses in ready-made musical forms such as the pavane, "a court dance of Italian provenance" BorF, 16

(b) Examples of the Netherlandish chanson AtlR, 422–423

c) It was in France, during this period, that the decisive steps were taken in the stylistic transformation of the polyphonic chanson PerMR, 618

(1) An enormous role was played by the printers of music

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in the Music Reference Collection ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Part I - Reference Material xi
  • Bibliography 1
  • Part II: Historical Outline and Study Guide 122
  • Theorists and Theoretical Sources 123
  • Musica Theorica: Science of Music 137
  • Musica Practica: Performance Didactics 154
  • Musica Poëtica: Composition 177
  • Notation 184
  • Sacred Latin Music for the Catholic Church on the Continent 199
  • Sacred Music for the Reformed Church on the Continent 256
  • Sacred Latin and Vernacular Music in England 295
  • Secular Vocal Music 366
  • Instrumental Music 455
  • Index of Persons 507
  • Index of Works 511
  • Subject Index 527
  • About the Author 537
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