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monophony

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(15th century)

Plainsong remained the foundation of the western liturgy. From plainsong musicians learnt the principles of pitch notation, also learning to improvise upon plainsong...

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sacra rappresentazione

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(It., ‘sacred performance’).

In 15th- and 16th-century Italy, a religious drama performed with music. The genre was a forerunner of opera and the oratorio.

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