History of Classical Music

Instrumental Music

(Renaissance 4)
In the Renaissance, composers also began writing polyphonic pieces just for instruments. These pieces were often written to accompany ballroom dancing and to entertain nobility at their court. Recorders and lutes were two of the most common instruments. Recorders and viols in all different sizes played together in groups called consorts. Other instruments of the Renaissance were lutes, shawms, krummhorns, and small version of trumpets and trombones. Often instruments and voices combined for variety.

Joan Ambrosia Dalza wrote three very popular dances, Tasta la corde, Ricercar, and Calata.

Previous (Reformation) Overview of Renaissance

Sample Works:

MIDI Example Six Lute Pieces of the Renaissance


Six Lute Pieces of the Renaissance, MIDI sequence by Robert Langenburg
    from Classical MIDI Connection

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