Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Keywords

Music, dance, history, culture, religion, Medieval, Renaissance

Abstract

This research paper explores how dance music has been part of the foundation for musical art in world history and the key to unlocking information concerning societal atmospheres throughout history. With each age and progression of music came new genres, instruments and social beliefs that were woven through religious and secular culture, each of which impacted the production of dance throughout the centuries. As dance music infiltrated the social and religious scenes of the medieval period, the sacred value of dancing was questioned which are presented through historical sources on pagan culture in the medieval period. Further research on improvements of instrument mechanics in dance music and dance forms are presented through medieval to Renaissance manuscript publications and writings of Guillaume de Machaut, a historically acclaimed figure. Dance forms, instruments, and choreography sought much revision between the two periods, and with the invention of the printing press and common access to publications, drastic innovations in dance culture and music literature were made moving into the Renaissance period. Therefore, the art of music has seen much diversity and change throughout history, causing each individual dance genre to be created and shaped into a product fitting for the time. Because dance music gained historical importance since the medieval period, its rapid progression through oral tradition, religious tradition, and social environments reached new heights in the social and musical life from Medieval times though the Renaissance period.

Campus Venue

Steven Student Center, Room 246

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-20-2016 2:20 PM

End Date

4-20-2016 2:40 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 20th, 2:20 PM Apr 20th, 2:40 PM

From Sin to Sensation: The Progression of Dance Music from the Medieval Period Through the Renaissance

Cedarville, OH

This research paper explores how dance music has been part of the foundation for musical art in world history and the key to unlocking information concerning societal atmospheres throughout history. With each age and progression of music came new genres, instruments and social beliefs that were woven through religious and secular culture, each of which impacted the production of dance throughout the centuries. As dance music infiltrated the social and religious scenes of the medieval period, the sacred value of dancing was questioned which are presented through historical sources on pagan culture in the medieval period. Further research on improvements of instrument mechanics in dance music and dance forms are presented through medieval to Renaissance manuscript publications and writings of Guillaume de Machaut, a historically acclaimed figure. Dance forms, instruments, and choreography sought much revision between the two periods, and with the invention of the printing press and common access to publications, drastic innovations in dance culture and music literature were made moving into the Renaissance period. Therefore, the art of music has seen much diversity and change throughout history, causing each individual dance genre to be created and shaped into a product fitting for the time. Because dance music gained historical importance since the medieval period, its rapid progression through oral tradition, religious tradition, and social environments reached new heights in the social and musical life from Medieval times though the Renaissance period.

 

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