Du Fay
One of the prominent composers in the transition between medieval and Renaissance music.
Considered the quintessential Renaissance composer because of the clarity that he gave both his text and music.
Josquin des Prez
One of the first composers whose reputation lived on past his death. Many works credited to him may in fact not be his.
Cyclic Mass
Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei
Cantus firmus
Tenor mass; same tenor chant present in each movement
Council of Trent
Meeting of the church to decide, among other things, the necessity and appropriateness of polyphony in the church. It also attempted to reinstate text as an important part of church music.
polyphonic vocal work with an emphasis on the words; usually sacred
Secular Italian genre whose texture is chordal and whose words are often lighthearted or comical.
First to print music with movable type.
Secular, unaccompanied work for 4-6 voices that used only very good poetry.
“research” or “seek out”; Freely composed work that seeks a particular mode or thematic idea. Later became imitative.