Select One Musical Work from the Period 1100-1500 and Discuss Its Musical Background, Function and Characteristics.
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The musical work that I am going to use in this essay is “Non avra ma’ pieta” by Francesco Landini. Classical Archives (2008) have noted that Francesco Landini was the most celebrated musician in the first school of polyphonic music in Italy. They also say that Landini was born in Fiesole on the outskirts of Florence and that he was the son of Jacopo Del Casentino, a painter and student of Giotto. It also states that when Francesco Landini was a child, he suffered from smallpox and as a result of this, left him blind for the rest of his life. He dealt with this by taking refuge in music. One way in how Landini done this was by playing a wide range of instruments. One in particular that he mastered was the organ. Landini was famed for his…show more content… In the piece of music I am studying, there are only 3 accidentals. One being F sharp another is C sharp and last is B flat. Although in this time period, music wouldn’t have a major or minor key as such, when listening to this piece of music it would be easy to come to the conclusion that the piece sounds more major than minor. However when reading the translation of the song “She will never have mercy, this lady of mine, if you do not see it, love” it will suggest that the ballata is of a minor key.
Francesco Landini’s ‘Non avra ma pieta’ does not have a musical background as such. Like many others of Landini’s work ‘Non avra ma pieta’ does not have a publish data. This then makes it hard to know how old Landini was when he composed this piece and also whereabouts he composed it. Most of his other 154 or so works were composed in his home town Fiesole, Florence (where he also died) so I would guess that this ballata was also composed there as well.
When looking at the melody in the ballata ‘Non Avra ma pieta’ it will be important to break it down into section. These would be: range, shape and movement. The range of this piece is in a medium arrangement, most notes for the treble clef are in the middle of the stave throughout the piece with some high and low notes. The ranges of notes used are not of a narrow range as they move up and down the scale freely. Then main range of notes that will be found in this sorrowful piece will be from middle C in the treble clef