One Hour of Music From The Early Middle Ages


Imagine being in the hall of a great lord and listening to this enchanting music. This music is performed by a group that call themselves Ensemble Unicorn. They play a broad spectrum of medieval and early renaissance music. Here are some notes about music in the early middle ages by the person who posted this YouTube video:

MUSIC IN THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES

(Written by YouTube user Gramila888)

The Middle Ages saw the emergence of great changes. After fall of the (Roman Empire) the violent times of the Dark Ages had led to a primitive society lacking in engineering skills or refinement. The traditions of Western music can be traced back to the social and religious developments that took place in Europe during the Middle Ages, the years roughly spanning from about 500 to 1400 A.D. Because of the domination of the early Catholic Church during this period, sacred music was the most prevalent. Beginning with Gregorian Chant, sacred music slowly developed into a polyphonic music called organum performed at Notre Dame in Paris by the twelfth century. Secular music flourished, too, in the hands of the French trouvères and troubadours, until the period culminated with the sacred and secular compositions of the first true genius of Western music, Guillaume de Machaut.

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