Renaissance Music SUSATO: Three Dances Composer’s full name and DOB: Tielman Susato [1510 – after 1570

] – Italy Renaissance Period Features Melodic Sequence – A pattern of melodic notes that is repeated starting on a different pitch. Homophonic texture - Single melody with harmonic accompaniment. Polyphonic texture – more than one melody at the same time. Eg.1 Dance no. 1 – 4 part vocal style (even though this is a dance written for instruments), equality of parts, homophonic texture, diatonic key of C Major, chords are triads – CM, GM Amin, Emin, Amin, F Major, Emin, CM Dmin, Cmajor, suspension in tenor part bar 3. Student Exercise: Write main key as a scale, add triads to scale degrees, then work out which chords are used in the piece. Q. What is the definition of a harmonic suspension? Provide a written example in 4-part vocal style? Eg.2 Dance no. 2 – 4 part vocal style, equality of parts, homophonic texture, frequent use of passing notes and auxiliary notes, diatonic key of F Major, triads, chords mainly in root position, Student exercise: Write the main key as a scale, add triads to scale degrees, then work out each chord in the piece. Circle all the passing notes with a red pen, and all the auxiliary notes with a blue pen. Draw a box around any melodic sequence within one part. Eg.3 Dance no. 3 – 4-part vocal style, equality of parts, polyphonic texture, frequent use of passing notes and auxiliary notes, diatonic key of D minor (key signature missing), raised 7th for the minor key, suspended dissonant harmony due to the dotted rhythms. Student exercise: Write the main key as a scale, add triads to scale degrees, then work out each chord in the piece. Q. Describe how a polyphonic texture is achieved in this short music example?
• • • • Use of modes eg. Dorian, Lydian Diatonic – major/minor tonality Triadic chordal structures – “full sound” – rich harmony Range of textures – Homophonic – Polyphonic – balanced with equality of parts. Strict treatment of dissonant intervals- eg. 2nds,