Elizabethan Music

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Elizabethan Music

Wind Instruments:* Recorders and flutes* Shawms and krummhorns: (double-reed instrument like a clarinet) * BagpipesPercussion:Various drums and bells

Organology: the study of instruments

Elizabethan Music

During the English Renaissance (1558-1603), all noblemen were expected to play the lute, and any man who was not involved in music, whether it be instrumental or vocal, became the "laughing-stock of society."

Music and Religion:Church was a major influence of music in the 16th century. The style of church music was called choral polyphony. Composers wrote for church and royalty. Hundreds of hymns were written for church, and some are still sung today.

William Byrd: Considered one of the greatest in the Elizabethan Era. He composed religious music and was the organist for Queen Elizabeth I.

Lute: A string instrument with a pear-shaped body and head, with a sinle or double string. Viola de Gamba: a violin-like intrument with six strings, that came in sizes from treble, tenor, and bass. Unlike the violin, the bow was held differently.

Town musicians were known as "Waits" and were like a modern town band. Waits were around since medieval times and performed at public occasionsTraveling musicians were looked down on. Eventually, they were replaced by theatre musicians.

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Street music was common at markets and fairs. The music was usually light and quick and was performed using fiddles, lutes, recorders and small percussion instruments.

Even Queen Elizabeth I was known to dabble in the harpiscord.


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