Medieval Music: Precursor to Classical and Modern Music

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Music is the art of combining tones to form expressive compositions. Over the ages a number of musical styles have emerged. Many of those music styles only had a short impact at the time. The impact of Medieval music, however, is significant because it influenced composers during the Renaissance, and through them today’s music. The first type of medieval music that was created was Gregorian chant. Gregorian chant was a genre, of Roman origins, of sacred songs during the Middle ages. Before this chant the early Christian church sung Jewish and Byzantine religious chant. Gregorian is monophonic meaning that there was only one melody, no harmony to go along with it and the melodies are free in tempo. When Gregorian chant spread through Europe, Pope St. Gregory the Great had made sure that the chants had uniform usage in the Western Roman Catholic Church. Gregorian chant was named after Pope St. Gregory the Great. However, we don’t know if Pope St. Gregory the Great was a part of the creation of Gregorian chant. Gregorian chant was important because it was the music of the Roman Catholic Church and as such an important component of the expression of faith. This was important because after the collapse of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church ruled politically. The Roman Catholic Church was dominant, and so people started to believe what the…

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