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Songs and descriptions for MUS history 2 Medieval-Renaissance

Quam Pulchra es

John Dunstable: most famous piece, text from song of Solomon, pan-conssonance,attention to text

Nuper rosarum es

Guillame Du Fay: isorhythmic motet, 1 text, 2 tenors that share the same melody with different rhythms

Missa L'homme arme: Kyrie

Guillame Du Fay: cantus firmus mass, mensuration canons

Missa Prolationum: Kyrie

Johannes Ockeghem: double mensuration canons, kyrie canon at the unison, wall of sound style, non-immitative, seamless, obvious cadences

Ave Maria... virgo serena

Josquin des Prez: opening derived from chant, vocal pairs, structural imitation, changes in meter/mensuration adds variety, most famous piece by Josquin

Missa Pange lingua: Kyrie

Josquin des Prez: paraphrase mass based on "Pange lingua", text written by Thomas Aquinas, vocal pairing & points of imitation

Nymphes des bois

Josquin des Prez: Declaration on the death of Ockaghem, Cantus firmus mass except the poem is in French, 2 styles depicted the first is free counterpoint/ wall of sound style second is more homophonic- tenor rests for most of the section

El grillo

Josquin des Prez: frattola (style of Italian secular music) "cricket is a good dancer" but some think it is a piece about a singer obsessed with his own voice

Tant que vivray

Claudin de Sermisy: mostly syllabic/ homophonic, clear separation of phrases, French Chanson, strophic, text followed poetic accents not necessarily text painting

Zwischen Berg und tiefem Tal

Ludwig Senfl: german tennorlied (AAB form, melody in the tenor while other voices dance around), most famous of Senfl's approx. 250 pieces of this style

Dances from Terpsichore: La Bouree

Michael Praetorius: Lookup

Ein fest Berg ist unser Gott

Johann Walter, tenorlied, popular German non-immitative counterpoint tune. Original by Martin Luther

Missa Pappae Marcelli: Credo, Agnus Dei

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: freely composed

Il bianco e dolce cigno

Jacques Arcadelt, madrigal, through composed, text painting LOOKUP

Solo e pensoso

Luca Marenzio, Petrarch poem about the life of Laura, the soprano line is ascending in slow measured chromatic steps, which paints the text musically "alone & lost in thought I walk in slow measured steps" the harmonic tension expresses the mood of the piece

Verily, Verily I Say Unto You

Thomas Tallis, chordal, homophonic, Anglican Anthem, brief instance of text painting (I will raise you)

Sing Joyfully Unto God

William Byrd: Anthem, imitative counterpoint, some text painting on "joyfully" short melisma "sing loud" long whole notes

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