The Renaissance (1400-1600): an overview

This post is a brief introduction to the first major era of European music: the renaissance. If you would like something more substantial, please see my three posts on the era: an introduction (1400-1500), Elizabethan England (Tallis and Byrd, 1500-1600), and the Roman School (Palestrina and Allegri, 1550-1640). *** Dates: 1400-1600 Quick features: largely a […]

5: The Renaissance, part 2 (Byrd and Tallis, 1500-1600)

*** If you would prefer a brief overview of the renaissance it can be found here. *** Last post I introduced a new era, the renaissance, by outlining the humble origin of triadic harmony in the 15th-century by Englishman John Dunstable. Through the triad, all subsequent music can be traced: it would spread from Dunstable […]

4: The Renaissance, part 1 (harmony evolves, 1400-1500)

*** If you would prefer a brief overview of the renaissance, it can be found here. *** Like listening whilst you read? You can find today’s listening at the bottom of the page. *** The renaissance (meaning rebirth), was a period of European history spanning 1400-1600, perhaps best known for its flourishing secular life and […]