Secular Music In The Renaissance And Middle Ages

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What is the difference between sacred and secular music in the renaissance and middle ages? Sacred and secular music had a different texture to it with secular music adding different connotations to the previous sacred music such as bass, the lute and also by adding what are called accidentals, i.e., foreign notes and vocals. Sacred music was known to be reverent and grave while secular music added an upbeat and happy tone to the chords harmoniously played. With the Catholic Church becoming far less powerful during the Renaissance it would stand to reason that the music would take a not so sacred twist with the upbeat music. While the “reformation” of the church was occurring; that which I would call the “rebellion” of the Church, music
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