Tag Archives: Middle Ages

Music Suggestion No. 2

The second music suggestion is a late 13th century dance song in genre of troubadour dance (as talked about in “The story of music part 2” and “The story of music part 3“), called Kalenda maya (The first of May) by Raimbaut de Vaqueiras. It has a strophic poem text and the familiar ABC musical […]

The Story of Music (Part 3)

The 14th century was an unstable age. The humanism was strengthening and Church authority was being undermined by the move of the papacy to Avignon (1309–1378) and a schism between rival popes (1378–1417). Church control reduced and human reason became an authority on its own. The independence from the church led the human concerns to […]

The story of Music (Part 2)

Before the developments of musical notation, Middle-Ages songs (e.g. chants, secular monophony) were passed down from memory to the next generation. At the time, some composers and musicians were active outside the Church. Moreover, eight modes were recognized by medieval theorists which became a great source for later composers. Poet-composers such as Troubadours and Trouverès […]

The Story of Music (part 1)

Ancient Greece and Rome are somehow the birth places of western music. Not much ancient music has survived but particularly their music theory and ancient writings about music had a great influence on the western music. Mostly, early music was produced in churches for religious and spiritual purposes, though one could find other types of […]