AP Lit & Comp
Middle Ages Art and Music Pertinence to Literature
Medieval Times directly follow the period of the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages are recalled as unwieldy times. After the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages raised themselves up against odds to be a time of elegance and class. Not only was the sophistication of the age can be seen being altered in the specific expressions of music and art. The art and music within the Middle Ages brought sophistication, elegance, refinement, and new ideas into the world through beauty, love, and warriors, which all are applied in Sir Thomas Mallory’s novel of Le Morte D’Arthur through the sacred and secular world.
The music within the era begins by mirroring the religious outlook on the medieval world. The prime example comes through Gregorian chant. Gregorian chant are notes strung together that are performed in unison and are usually the same length. Monks or religious orders of men are meant to perform this monophony texture. Monophony texture is a simple notation is to be sung without the accompaniment of harmony. Polyphony texture, which is the accompaniment of harmony, did develop towards the thirteenth and fourteenth century. This genre came into existence through the uprising of the prominence of liturgical services. Religion continually impacted each and every decision made in the Middle Ages. This style of music is still used in religious communities today. The instruments that were used back then are also still used today. Instruments such as the harp, flute, and lute. The instruments were delicate. Literary the instruments were made of wood; this is where the name woodwinds came from. Apart from that, figuratively the Middle Ages plucked stringed instruments for a sensitive sound. On the other hand music played a vast role in the relationship between a man and a women. These songs became known as courtly love songs. The courtly love songs come for the Troubadours. The troubadours were poets who stemmed from the south of France and were...