Renaissance Period

Key Words

Renaissance – the period of music history between 1400 and 1600. The word means “Rebirth”.

Polyphonic – a style of vocal music where the voices are rhythmically independent.  The word means “many sounds”.

A Cappella – sung without instruments, voices only.

Imitation – in polyphonic music, the voices literally imitate each other.

Sacred – religious

Secular – non religious

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