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Medieval (around 800 - 1400)

This period of musical history starts with the fall of the Roman Empire and ends with the rise of science and humanism in Italy in the late 1300s and early 1400s. It is a period where literacy was limited mainly to the clerical class so that today we know a lot about medieval religious music but much less about the secular music of the time. It is a profoundly important period for the future of European musical culture – the religious music of these centuries will embark on a new course, abandoning the monophony of the Greeks and Romans and exploring the new possibilities of polyphony.

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Amours mi font / En mai / Flos filius eius



MP3 Playback: SAT with bass viol drone

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MP3 Playback: TBG with bass viol drone

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In the video we hear the middle and lower voices with drone the first time and all three voices with drone on the repeat.

Fulget celestis curia


MP3 Playback: AAA

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MP3 Playback: TTT

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MP3 Playback: BBB

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The sound files use a recorder, a double reed, and a viol.

O virgo splendens

ROUND (any recorder)

MP3 Playback: Church (Slow, Vocal)

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MP3 Playback: Village (Faster, Drone, Clap)

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Stella Maris Nuncuparis

A / T(S) / B

MP3 Playback: TTT (SSS)

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MP3 Playback: AAA

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MP3 Playback: BBB

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MP3 instruments: recorder, clarinet, double reed
Transcribed for Soprano

Sumer is icumen in (round)


MP3 Playback: Slow

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MP3 Playback

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The MP3 Playback is SATBGG. The fast version plays through the round twice.

Verbum Patris humanatur


MP3 Playback: Slow

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MP3 Playback

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The MP3 Playback has recorders and double reeds. Play order T1; T1+T3; T2; T1+T2; tutti.


Adam de la Halle

Fines amouretes ai



MP3 Playback: TTB (or SSA)

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MP3 Playback: AAT (or BBG)

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MP3 instruments: oboe, recorder, and a hurdy-gurdy


Guillaume de Machaut

De toutes flours


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MP3 Playback: SAT

MP3 Playback: TBG

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Quant en moi / Amour et biauté / Amara valde

ATT (S) / BBG (T)

MP3 Playback: AAT

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MP3 Playback: BBG

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The AAT MP3 has an oboe. The BBG MP3 has an English horn.
Part of score in 81/8 time available.



Viderunt Omnes


MP3 Playback: Slow

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MP3 Playback

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The normal MP3 has male voices (not in the slow MP3).

In the video our selection finishes at the 3:30 mark.

Philippe de Vitry


O canenda/Rex quem/Rex regum


MP3 Playback: Slow

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MP3 Playback

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