Music 2115

Study Guide for Chapter 8

"Late Medieval Music"


Ars Nova

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Important Names/Terms

General cultural background & changes, 14th & early 15th centuries (be generally aware)
Rise of Parilaments; decline of feudalism & chivalry

Avignon papacy; great schism (When, where, who, why, what effect on music?)

Hundred Years' War (Who, where, why?)

The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) (When, where?)

The French Ars nova (When, what, who wrote the book?)

Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361)

Le Roman de Fauvel (What, when, who involved, significance for music?)


Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300-1377) (Who, where, types of music, importance?)

Ars subtilior or Manneristic style

14th century mass movements (What's new?)

Developments in England
John Dunstable (c. 1390-1453) (English, but where was he most of the time?)

The English Carol and English Discant (What, when, why significant?)

The Old Hall Manuscript (Where, when, why important?)

Developments in Italy (What does "quatrocento" mean?)

Italian notation (How different from French?)

Petrarch (1304-1374), Italian poet associated with the court at Avignon (importance?)

The Squarcialupi Codex (Where, when, why important?)

Types of music

Madrigal (14th century meaning)


Ballata (Same as which French poetic form?)

Francesco Landini (1325-1397)

Musica ficta developments

Causa necessitatis

Causa pulchritudinis

Haut and bas instruments (Meanings, significance?)

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