Music 2115

Study Guide for Chapter 6

"The Middle Ages--Ars Antiqua"


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Contents:

Gothic Period
Parisian School
Rhythmic Modes
Motet
Mensural Notation


The Parisian School at Notre Dame Cathedral--Read the textbook first, then use this outline to make sure you understand the terms and the time frame

The Gothic Period (c. 1160-c. 1320; style term from architecture & art)


The Rhythmic Modes--Simple in concept, but complicated in practice. Know the terms and know how and why these developed


The 13th-century Motet (High Gothic Period)--Foreign to our way of thinking, so difficult to understand. First read the textbook, then use this outline to make sure you understand the terms and how the form developed


Mensural Notation--Don't memorize these terms, but do understand the process of development that was going on, which eventually led to our modern system of notation


You are not responsible for the material on Polyphony in Britain, although you might find it interesting. Remember that in 1066 England was conquered by the Norman French, and during the Gothic Period the upper class of English society was French, so you will find many of the same musical things as on the continent. Eleanore of Aquitaine was the mother of both good king Richard the Lionhearted and bad king John. We will speak about them in the next chapter.



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