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Word painting the early practice of depicting the meaning of specific words through music was most commonly used during the Renaissance period The contents of this paper will explore and discuss the question was the practice of word painting in classical music a technique only used during the Renaissance period The following paper will provide a detailed examination of music from the Middle Ages to the end of the Baroque era which consequently will prove that word painting was in fact a common practice used during the beginning of the 5th century till the end of the 18th century This paper will dissect take into account consider three different pieces one from each era The Middle Ages 400-1400s the Renaissance 1400-1600 and finally the Baroque era 1600-1750 A Chantar by Beatriz de Dia Morte te Chiamo by Maddalena Casulana and Spring by Antonio Vivaldi respectively In the Middle Ages the Christian church employed mostly essentially professional musicians Since the church was opposed to the paganism associated with ancient Greece and Rome it did not encourage performances of Greek and Roman music Rather the most surviving music was designed for use in the Christian Roman Catholic liturgy By at least needed as early as the 9th century many musicians began to feel the need for a more elaborate music word needed or take away a as opposed to simply unaccompanied melody They began to add an extra voice part to be sung simultaneously with sections of the chant The musical style that resulted is called organum By the end of the 12th century organum was being written in three and four voice parts forming long works that could fill the vast spaces of Gothic cathedrals with sound Another influential factor of music in the Middle ages were the Troubadours The Troubadours were poet-musicians who composed songs for performance in the many small aristocratic courts of Southern France They wrote mainly about unrequited love or about
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