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Music Throughout History

Assess this quote: "Musical Texture serves as the evolutionary map of music history."
(Note: Consider the difference between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance when formulating your response.)

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Musical texture allows us to see the evolution of music over time.

First look at the definition of musical texture and put it in your first paragraph. (if your text book or material has a specific definition you may want to use that particular one). Musical texture can also be a structure of interwoven fibers. These fibers of course being the voices or instruments interacting in a composition. Musical texture serves as a great bridge from one period of music to the next, forming a path through the history of music.

There are many different kinds of musical textures. One is homophonic, the kind we encounter most often in music. It is a single melody, accompanied by chords. In music with homophonic texture, the chords are always submissive to the melody. You can find this starting in the Middle Ages (450CE-1450CE) in accompanied vocal music and traditional church hymnals and all the way through to present day in rock, folk country, and jazz. A simple example of this can be found in "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" where the chords ...

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