History of Classical Music

Secular Music

(Renaissance 2)
Madrigals, songs for small groups of voices without instuments, were the most popular form of secular music. Usually about love, madrigals became an important part of the special occasions. They were usually sung at feasts and weddings and often had verses with repeated choruses like popular music today.

El Grillo by Josquin des Pres, is a lively tune that used a great deal of revolutionary techniques of the time.

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Sample Works:


MIDI Example El Grillo

Credits:

El Grillo, MIDI sequence by M. J. Starke
   from Classical MIDI Connection


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