MUS 1302 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Josquin Des Prez, The Book Of The Courtier, Movable Type

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3 Sep 2014
Great Musicians (025:014) Lecture 4
Mo’ Better Motets: Josquin des Prez, Palestrina
and the Flowering of the Renaissance
I am not pleased with a courtier if he be not also a musician, and besides his
understanding and cunning [in singing] upon the book, have skill in like manner on
sundry instruments.”
Castiglione, Il cortegiano (The Courtier, 1528)
Important social/cultural events and concepts of the Renaissance (1450-1600)
1. Invention of Printing Press with moveable type (1450)
2. Lutheran Reformation (c. 1500 and after)
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
1. Fascination with and study of Greek and Roman Antiquity
2. HUMANISM: dominant intellectual movement
Renaissance is most associated with the arts and sciences in ITALY, although the
related concepts and musical/artistic styles spread to other countries later and in
different forms.
Renaissance figures of note:
Leonardo di Vinci (1452-1519)
Michelangelo (1475-1564)
Galileo (1564-1642)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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