As we move toward the end of our course, I ask you now to go out and find out about something related to the Renaissance that you can bring back to the class to help us better answer the question: Was there a Renaissance?
We will do this in phases, and if you stay focused during class time, you should find this process quite manageable. At the same time, since you are choosing your topic and framing the question, your research should be quite joyful.
Topic and Question Proposal
The topic I am interested in is Renaissance music. The Church was mostly in control of music during the medieval times. In the earlier times, the Church had rules that made sure music is very simple because they need everyone to be able to understand it to spread the religion. However, some artists disregarded the rules and experimented with new ways of making music. During the Renaissance, there many other thing that happened which influence the development of music including a new way of recording music, the printing of score, and the development of instruments. The question I aim to answer is whether there is Renaissance Music or just music during the Renaissance.
This will be a fun paper to read. I recommend you give some good listening time to medieval western music (start with Gregorian chants). As you do your research, make a note of musical pieces that stand out to you. I would love to see (hear) links of the music in the paper, too, so save those links. I also have spotify, so if you find music there, I can also listen. I want to hear what you are writing about.
Goldron, Romain. 1968. Music of the Renaissance. [Place of publication not identified]: H.S. Stuttman Co.; distributed by Doubleday.
Reese, Gustave. Music in the Renaissance. New York: Norton.
Johnson, Paul. 2007. The Renaissance. [Place of publication not identified]: Random House Publishing Group.
Arkenberg, Rebecca. “Music in the Renaissance.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/renm/hd_renm.htm (October 2002)
Drake, Stillman. “Renaissance Music and Experimental Science.” Journal of the History of Ideas 31, no. 4 (1970): 483-500. doi:10.2307/2708256.
Overture, Die. 2018. “Classic FM”. Classic FM. https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/periods-genres/renaissance/.
You will need sources that explain the evolution from medieval music. Look for a history of western music anthology. I’m not sure how the last source fits.
Need an outline by 5 p.m pacific time on thursday. See attachment for teacher’s example outline.