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That era of music covering the 15th through 16th centuries (c. 1450-1600 CE), following the Medieval and preceding the Baroque era. The Renaissance saw the arrival of modes similar to modern major and minor scales, and of tonal harmony. Music of this era is characterized by its smoother, more charming melodies, rich, many-voicedimitative harmonies, brilliant energy, and lively ornamentation.
The instruments in use during this time included the lute, viol, harp, virginal, organ, recorder, oboe, and crumhorn.
Major composers of the era include Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaOrlando de LassusWilliam ByrdOrlando GibbonsTomés Luis de VictoriaThomas WeelkesThomas MorleyGiles Farnaby and others.


Last Updated: 2016-06-07 14:08:22