Le développement de la polyphonie occidentale

The rise of Western poliphony (12th–16th centuries)

Starting at the height of the Middle Ages and continuing to the end of the Renaissance, an aesthetic movement that began in France (the Notre-Dame School) took hold throughout Western Europe: Flanders, Spain, Italy, England, the Holy Roman Empire... A development illustrated by this selection of masses and motets ranging from examples of the Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova, and Ars Subtilior, to the ample compositions of Josquin Desprez, Lassus, and Palestrina. Beyond a string of epochs encompassing the early Middle Ages and the Renaissance, here is more than four centuries' worth of increasingly elaborate polyphonic music which served as the breeding ground for the Baroque explosion to come...

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