Music of Medieval Times

Medieval music features all sorts of uncommon instruments: wood trumpets, vihuelas, psalteries, rebabs, krumhorns, sackbuts, vielles, bombardes. I have constantly liked the audio of these early music instruments. The songs they make is exotic, weird, as well as entrancing. Early music was improved by people traveling during the Crusades. Actually, music in Arab-Andalusian Spain was an amalgam of European, Moorish, and African designs.


Itroubadours_berlin in some cases assume that with the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and also the classic period that adhered to, music ended up being much more methodical as well as regularized with contemporary make-up, theory, consistency, and counterpoint, and also Bach’s Circle of Fifths. In some way, I feel that the enigma and also feel of the earlier music was removed. Early songs, unlike the forms that followed, do not typically have actually movements developed around a main concept. There are no harmonies or concertos. Instead, there are several dances in a much more prominent design, sometimes fairly ribald (zarzuelas as well as tarantellas were very early “filthy dancings”).


KCRW had a long-running music show called Music of the Spheres, a term and idea taken from medieval cosmologists– astrologers Tycho Brahe as well as Johannes Kepler– that assumed that the celestial bodies did certainly produce an incredible music. The series was on 6-8 a.m. Sunday mornings with host Mara Zhelutka. I would get up early Sunday mornings and simply hinge on bed hearing the program. It was the ideal music for remaining in a between state of waking as well as fantasizing. This was a state you could not remain in when hearing Bach, Vivaldi, or other a lot more modern songs.


Harmonia Mundi, currently known more for its classical records and Anonymous 4, provided lots of very early albums of music, and also if you search you can still discover them used. The tape-recorded audio is stellar and the pressings are silent, also. I very highly suggest them.

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