in Oxford Music Online
January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .
Reference Entry. Subjects: Musical Form; Medieval Music (800-1400); Early Renaissance Music (1400-1500); High Renaissance Music (1500-1600); Baroque Music. 33836 words.
One of the most important forms of polyphonic music from about 1220 to 1750. No single set of characteristics serves to define it generally, except in particular historical or regional...