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M-LT 71328 - Medieval & Renaissance Motets
The motet as a genre is equivalent in importance to the 19th-century symphony for Western music. Musicians in the Middle Ages enjoyed singing motets with simultaneous French and Latin texts while, by the end of the Renaissance, an aspiring composer would have been worthless without a set of good sacred motets in their portfolio. The motet, typically defined as choral music based on an existing melody, is a complex genre which challenged great composers to creatively and masterfully maneuver three to four voices in complex rhythmic and contrapuntal beauty. In this class, we will study the works of medieval composers such as Phillip de Vitry and Guillaume de Machaut through original notation and manuscript studies to understand how later masters such as Guillaume Dufay, Josquin de Prez, and Johannes Ockeghem brought a new level of beauty to the originally sacred collection of musical works. We will sing from printed part books to better understand how musicians encountered the masterworks of these composers. The class will culminate with an examination of the works of Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Taverner for a full comprehension of one of the most influential styles of music in the early Western World.

Prerequisites ( M-SK 5103 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> and ( M-EX 5101 / Placement Exam or M-LT 8101 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> ))
Corequisites N/A
Fees N/A
Credits 3.00
Credit Types Credit

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