Sacred vs. Secular in the Renaissance

Listen to Josquin’s Ave Maria, virgo…serena and the madrigal Fair Phyllis by John Farmer, which are examples of music from the sacred and secular worlds of the Renaissance.* The listening guides are on pp. 80 and 75 in the textbook, respectively. In which piece is the melody more important, and in which is the rhythm more important? Of course both pieces use melody and rhythm. How would you describe the differences in the rhythm and melody of both this pieces? What sort of meaning or impression is conveyed to you by the melody and rhythm in these examples? 250 word minimum! Listen to Fair Phyllis by John Farmer here: Listen to Ava Maria, virgo… by Josquin here:

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