History of Classical Music

Polyphony

(Middle Ages 3)
Prior to this time, all music consisted of a single, unaccompanied melody (monophony). However, composers tried putting one or more melodies together with none being more important than the other. This is known as polyphony.

Polyphony gave composers a more expanded musical world , and they soon became more creative. Sumer is icumen in, a piece written around 1300, is similar to a round like Row, row your boat.

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Sample Works:


MIDI Example Sumer is icumen in

Credits:

Sumer is icumen in, MIDI sequence by Curtis Clark
   from Classical MIDI Connection


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