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Medieval music

Medieval music consists of songs, instrumental pieces, and liturgical music from about 500 A.D. to 1400. Medieval music was an era of Western music, including liturgical music (also known as sacred) used for the church, and secular music, non-religious music. Medieval music includes solely vocal music, such as Gregorian chant and choral music (music for a group of singers), solely instrumental music, and music that uses both voices and instruments (typically with the instruments accompanying the voices). Gregorian chant was sung by monks during Catholic Mass. The Mass is a reenactment of Christ's Last Supper, intended to provide a spiritual connection between man and God. Part of this connection was established through music. This era begins with the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century and ends sometime in the early fifteenth century. Establishing the end of the medieval era and the beginning of the Renaissance music era is difficult, since the trends started at different times in different regions. The date range in this article is the one usually adopted by musicologists.

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During the Medieval period, works of music included chants, masses, motets, and madrigals because the music was VOCAL. The music was used mainly for religious purposes and famous composers include Hildegard von Bingen and Machaut. Unfortunately many of the composers are anonymous because of the music's early stages.

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Gregorian chant - "Pange Lingua"

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Hildegard vin Bingen - "Ordo virtutum" Latin for "Order of the Virtues"

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