Songs and their Offspring (Cambridge)
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Composers in the Renaissance had no qualms about copying existing tunes in their own works: join Convivium for a program of popular songs from the 14th – 16th century and the polyphonic works they inspired.
From the earliest improvised harmonizations around Gregorian melodies, composers and performers have taken familiar tunes as points of departure in the creation of polyphonic music. This use of tunes, sacred and secular alike, is part of the broader tradition of the reuse and “improvement” of existing musical material, a practice that has sometimes seemed at odds with the more modern idealization of individuality in artistic expression. Songs and their Offspring highlights the variety ofView more
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