Title

The Progression of A Cappella Music in the Early Church

Type of Submission

Performance

Keywords

A cappella, church, sacred, French, Latin, Medieval, Renaissance, monophony, polyphony, homophony

Abstract

This research presentation aims to show the progression of a cappella music throughout the history of the early church. This progression will be demonstrated through in depth research on the style of music in the early church. There will also be an exploration of the forms used in the compositions. Along with these, the use of the music in the church will be studied and explained. This examination will be solidified through the performance of multiple musical examples. These sacred songs span the 15th and 16th centuries and show the breadth of musical writings during this time. These musical examples will also demonstrate the influences of the composers on their sacred songs. Such composers as Sweelinck and Palestrina will be included. Transitioning from monophony to homophony and then to polyphony, this presentation will show the complexities that enriched the worship experience of the people during this time. The intention of this presentation is to show the development of musical composition and the influence this had on the church.

Faculty Sponsor or Advisor’s Name

Dr. Sandra Yang

Campus Venue

Dixon Ministry Center, Recital Hall

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-1-2015 1:20 PM

End Date

4-1-2015 1:40 PM

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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Apr 1st, 1:20 PM Apr 1st, 1:40 PM

The Progression of A Cappella Music in the Early Church

Cedarville, OH

This research presentation aims to show the progression of a cappella music throughout the history of the early church. This progression will be demonstrated through in depth research on the style of music in the early church. There will also be an exploration of the forms used in the compositions. Along with these, the use of the music in the church will be studied and explained. This examination will be solidified through the performance of multiple musical examples. These sacred songs span the 15th and 16th centuries and show the breadth of musical writings during this time. These musical examples will also demonstrate the influences of the composers on their sacred songs. Such composers as Sweelinck and Palestrina will be included. Transitioning from monophony to homophony and then to polyphony, this presentation will show the complexities that enriched the worship experience of the people during this time. The intention of this presentation is to show the development of musical composition and the influence this had on the church.