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Most of the early music that we have today still in print is primarily sacred music This music for the most part is in the form of sections of the Mass such as the Gloria Kyrie and Agnus Dei Most people of the Middle Ages were poor peasants who worked all day for meager wages and had no idle time lounging the way the upper classes did Therefore there are few extant secular compositions of music from this era The rise of a new middle class however gave financial freedom for some people to spend time and money on entertainment in the form of music and dance Thus the rise of the middle classes also gave way to the rise in composition and performance of secular music which became the music of choice for composers of that day Many of the songs we have today of the Middle Ages were in Latin and are by anonymous composers Many were written by wandering people many of them men and churchmen without permanent residences of their own Men who could not obtain a position in the Church and had to drop out were called goliards These goliards wandered around the land composing and performing for people Their music was mostly comprised of the eat drink and be merry type appropriate to the wanton kind of life the goliards lived Stolba 99 Carl Orff the composer of the Carmina Burana used the poems found in the largest surviving records of Latin secular music that we have today The Codex latinus 4660 was held in the Benedictine monastery at Benediktbeurn Many of the songs speak of love many of them lascivious Others speak of drinking satires of the religious life and even liturgical plays A few of them are even written in the vernacular of the region in that time Stolba 99 Following the history of the era in literature many
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