Music Essay

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Brandi Pierson Music April, 20, 2015 Week 4 Assignment Definitions: Monophony- Is the simplest of textures, consisting of melody without accompanying harmony Homophony- Is the texture we encounter most often. It consists of a single, dominating melody that is accompanied by chords. Polyphony- Is a texture consisting of two or more simultaneous lines of independent melody. Answer and discuss the following questions: 1. What is the mark of social standing in Renaissance society? * The Renaissance was a historical era with distinctive themes in learning, politics, literature, art, religion, social life, and music. The social standing consists of four social classes: The nobles, the merchants, the tradesmen and the unskilled workers. 2. Describe a Renaissance Man, give an example of someone in our time who would be called a Renaissance Man? * A Renaissance Man is a cultured man of the renaissance who was knowledgeable, educated, or proficient in a wide range of field. A present-day man (our time period) is a man who has acquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field. An example of a Renaissance Man today would be Bill Gates. 3. What is the literal translation of Renaissance? * The word "Renaissance" is a French word, whose literal translation into English is "Rebirth". 4. What is the strictest kind of musical imitation? * Canon is the strictest kind of musical imitation. a canon is a contrapuntal compositional technique that employs a melody with one or more imitations of the melody played after a given duration. 5. What is a cadence? Describe overlapping cadences. * A cadence is a two-chord progression that occurs at the end of a phrase. Just as the first group is completing its phrase and moving between the last two notes to provide intensity and drive to the cadence. 6. At the

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