The Neglected


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Italian Trecento is an often overlooked period in Western Music history, marked as the transition between the artistic pinnacle of Medieval music with Guillaume de Machaut and the genesis of Renaissance music with the Burgundian School's adoption of the contenance angloise in the early 15th century. The Trecento, however, persists as a period essential to the cultural and social changes that Europe underwent during the early modern era. Not merely transitory, the Trecento, with its societal tribulations during the Black Death and Papal Schism, fostered a climate of pseudo-secularism that w...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Having now featured a chace from 14th century France and a caça from 14th century Spain, it is only appropriate that I feature the Italian parallel during the 14th century, the caccia. The chace, caça, and caccia (literally “the hunt” in French, Spanish, and Italian respectively) are essentially regional variations on the musical canon or “round”, called rota, or rondellus in the British Isles during the 14th century and after. The rota most parallels the chace, caça, and caccia in form, and feel, since the rota is a type of canon at the unison on a secular, pastoral theme. The most famous Eng...

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