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Renaissance Music : Heinrich Isaac

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In the 1400s, was one of the most important piece was the Old Hall Manuscript because it is the largest collection of English polyphony, containing mostly Mass movements and motets (varied vocal compositions). The most extraordinary contrapuntal achievement of the 1400s was the Missa Prolationum, by Johannes Ockeghem (Simms et al.). The most important Franco-Flemish composer is Heinrich Isaac because of his vast knowledge in his secular and sacred music, such as Choralis Constantinus and Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen (“Heinrich Isaac...:”). Tablature also developed during this time, which directed a performers’ fingers to a specific spot on an instrument, as well as intabulation, which was a piece of music notated in tablature and specifically for certain solo instruments such as lutes (a pear-shaped instrument with six sets of strings called courses) and keyboards. By the 1500s, the number of organs in churches was two and the most popular instrument was the lute. Consorts (groups of instruments from same family that played together) and broken consorts (instruments of different families that played together) were used in performances. The prelude also made its’ debut, which was a preliminary piece that comes immediately before and introduces the main musical event. The 1500s was the middle of the Renaissance era. The most popular genres of vocal music were: chanson (songs), madrigals (secular, vocal compositions), Masses, and motets. In the late 1500s, Queen Elizabeth
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