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Music 1711F/G Lecture Notes - Low Countries, Beautiful Music, Lorenzo Valla

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Music 1711F/G
Kate Helsen

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Feb 13 – Prelude to the Renaissance
Re-birth” of the culture of Greek antiquity into Western culture. i.e.
Consonance and dissonance, music's importance in culture,
Between 1420 and 1600
Academic re-birth through re-learning the Greek texts. Extra texts come to
the West when Constantinople falls to the Turks in 1453, as many refugees
flee. They took their information (Greek culture) with them.
Financial strength comes to cities through trade. Cities develop financial
systems, which gives people power and money, and a cultural mix.
Most famous Renaissance city with wealth and cultural/artistic elites
Cosime de' Medici (1389-1464) used his wealth the influence politics in the
Medici family contributed to arts in the city. Founds the largest library in
Europe, Platonic Academy (modelled on an ancient Greek academy from
Plato's time), patron of many artists, sculptors, musicians. This creatse a
city centre where all artists come i.e. Sculptors, musicians, artists
Grandson Lorenzo de' Medici continued this.
Low Counties
N of Alps – cities that were centres of trade also became centres of wealth
and culture
Trade cities become centres of cultural power. Antwerp, Ghent, Tourani,
Liège. Low countries also produce many different pieces of beautiful music
100-year war is over – France won
War of the Roses (b/w houses of York and Lancaster) decided at the battle of
Bosworth Field in 1485
Battle between two houses to determine which family will rule England.
Henry Tudor (later, Henry VII) beats Richard III
Tudors control England until 1603
Holy Roman Empire
Hapsburg Family (rule Germany, Austria, N Italy) are gaining ground.
Maximilian I marries Mary of Burgandy in 1477, gaining Burgandy
In the 16th century, another Hapsburg (Charles V) will expand into Spain,
Portugal and the Low Countries.
Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille get married in the 15th century
and rule Spain.
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