The purpose of this assignment is to understand the historical contexts that underlie the changes that took place in music during the Renaissance. Art is related to the culture from which it comes, so one must have some understanding of the culture in order to more deeply appreciate the music. Although brief, this assignment is also designed to give you practice citing material from sources that will be useful as you complete more substantial projects later in the semester.
Using the assigned readings and any other sources, please write a brief essay that draws comparisons between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Your assignment must be at least 250 words.
Your essay should briefly address each of the following in both periods:
- Social life
- Vocal Music
- Instrumental Music