Music and Renaissance: Methodological Aspects of Periodization

How can the words “music” and “Renaissance” enter into a meaningful relation? What sense the phrase “Renaissance music” may express? Does it mean a determined style or technique of composition, or does it point to an idea common to all the arts of an epoch? Does this phrase defend itself on equal terms with such as “medieval music” and “baroque music”? In order to answer these questions the article proposes an approach that follows neither the principle from the general (epoch) to the particular (music), nor the opposite principle, but pursues those ideas of music that obtain a place both distinctive enough in the historical process and opening a new directions in it.

Keywords: music, Renaissance, Johannes des Muris, Marchetto of Padua, Marsilio Ficino, music for the ear, music for the eye