Music and Performing Arts, Renaissance to Today
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This paper examines the influence that music and performing arts have had on human culture and society, focusing on the Renaissance period. The paper explains that in the early part of the Renaissance, the role of music was tremendously important as polyphony became more simplified in the Renaissance, generally "smoother" and more harmonious overall. The paper notes that there is no doubt that the technological impact of recording technologies, beginning with the phonograph and leading up to today's CDs and DVDs, has had an impact upon the individual enjoyment and distribution of music and dramatic art forms (especially film), unprecedented since the invention of the printing press in the Renaissance. In conclusion, the paper shows that today, the Internet has hugely assisted in enabling individuals to share such work among themselves, though not to the point of alleviating the isolating influence of technology or to creating a new form of communal experience.
From the Paper:"In the early part of the Renaissance, the role of religion, that is to say, the church as an organization and social unifying force, was still prominent above all else. Nation-states had not yet arisen to assert their claim on peoples' loyalty. The church represented stability and social cohesion in a world of uncertainty and danger from many sources: feudal overlords, weak central governments, and unpredictable weather and harvests. The role of music was thus tremendously important too in this period. Polyphony became more simplified in the Renaissance, and generally "smoother" and more harmonious overall."
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- "Renaissance." Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance
- "Renaissance Music." Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_music
- "Twentieth Century Music." Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_classical_music
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