Music Of The Middle Ages

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Neoma Joyner Western Civilization April 14, 2011 Medieval Music Music is my life! When I’m cruising in my car to go to school, the grocery store or taking road trips with my friends, it just wouldn’t be the same with out the upbeat tunes of artists like Rihanna or Katy Perry. Listening to Jay-Z, Beyonce and Missy Elliot motivate me while at my local gym to work out a little longer or run a little faster. When I’m feeling down and blue, I can always count on artist like Jennifer Hudson or Brian McKnight to soothe my soul. Without music, my life would be incomplete. Fortunately, with the advancement of technology, the inventions of radios, cd players and IPods, I can have music with me wherever I go. I couldn’t imagine my life without music and it’s my belief that those before me felt the exact same way! In my paper, I want to explore music of the middle ages. Let’s explore the types of music during this era, composers and the various instruments that were used. Music was a big part of society during the Middle Ages. There were two forms of music during this era, sacred and secular. Music that was considered as sacred was heavily influenced by the catholic church. Sacred music was intended to show honor to God. In the early middle ages sacred music was monophonic which means there was only one melodic line and no other musical accompaniment. Some believe that Pope Gregory I had a lot to do with the development of the Gregorian chant, hence the name. Composers of the Gregorian chant are unknown, but Gregorian chant was very popular during the early middle ages and is still heard in many catholic ceremonies even today. The second form of music during the middle ages was secular music. Secular music was a more expressive form of music and it was not influenced by the church. A common theme with secular music was love and longing, also known as romanticism. This
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