The Renaissance, Music at the service of the Word

LAO is back with a new article. This time, we thank Avelino Vazquez, our special harpsichordist, who has recently written a new article following his new series.

This series is intended to analyse the music thoroughly the history. How the music evolved and gets influenced by the different periods of history. Since the middle age to nowadays. In our previous posts, we published about the one he wrote analysing the Baroque period, and now it is time for the Renaissance, the rebirth of Europe, the conversion of Europe into something new and different compared to what they were used to in terms of art, music, philosophy, politics, fashion, etc.

From one time to time, there were usually many changes caused by the state of the society and evolution of the events, which obviously change the mind and usual concept of the established things, making them lead a change or evolution, sometimes for good and some for not that good. In this case, the Renaissance was for good, indeed.

The mentality of the society entirely changed, and the idea of humanism started developing throughout Europe. The importance of the human being for over everything is the topic. The rediscovery of the human being aspects from ancient Greece and Rome are easily shown and seen in art. We can see the paintings in which the most of them the human being is painted with such attention to detail, the human figure is quite the same compared to the ancient Greece ones, in which the human being is the centre of the piece.

How is that translated to the Music? Well, the music created at this stage is expressing the human feelings and emotions. Before that, it used to be like music played and trying to armonise, however, at this time the music aimed to show the human being, again, as the centre of everything. It was here when the music was created as an expression of the human stories like the music we know nowadays.

This and more in the article published at WKMT London Piano studio blog. Click on the link aforementioned with the title of the article and read it full.