the modification and decoration of plainchant melodies in early Renaissance music
embellishing chants with extra notes, setting them in graceful rhythms, smoothing out passages
french for song, a genre of french secular music
Words being sung to the rhythms and melodies that approximated normal speech
Word painting
matching the music to the meaning of the word
usually a a sacred vocal composition. early motets were based on fragments of gregorian chants
Short composition set to one-stanza poem
main secular vocal genre of the Renaissance
Comparison to M.A.
new way of treating plainchant in polyphonic compositions

a relaxed attitude toward medieval authority

The high renaissance style
blend of two kinds of musical texture, imitative counterpoint and homophony