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The Development of Harony in the Renaissance The development of harmony in the Renaissance came from John Dunstable Josquin des Prez and Adriaan Willaert John Dunstable significant contribution to the theory and practice of composition was the introduction of more melodic music and outlining chords as a part of the melody This incorporated a more tonal center in his works and in the music as a whole This also introduced leaps of a third or even the sixth as consonant and pleasing sounds to the ear Dunstables influence on the European music is seen in his flowing gently asymmetrical rhythms and above all in his harmonies He represents a culimination of the English tradition of full sonorous harmonies based on the third and sixth The second was Josquin des Prez In his musical techniques he stands at the summit of the Renaissance blending traditional forms with innovations that later became standards The expressiveness of his music marks a break with the medieval tradition of more abstract music He used music expressively so that the sounds matched the words of the text Josquin also organized music in the modern way using major and minor scales with their related harmonies His pieces consisted of religious Masses and motets along with secular chansons He balanced the act between music and words resulted in a clearly sung text It was evident of classical restraint of the High Renaissance Least of all there is Adriaan Willaert He developed a style of polyphony in which two four-part choirs sing alternately but occasionally combine in an eight-part section This led directly to the polychoral writing that characterized Venetian music in the second half of the 16th century He created beautiful and expressive sounds Which resulted in a variety of musical mechanism such as alternating and combining voices contrasting soft and loud and arranging echo effects The instrumental music played a second role to human voice What
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