View Poll Results: Do you enjoy Renaissance and/or Medieval music?

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  • I enjoy Renaissance and Medieval music

    70 75.27%
  • I enjoy Renaissance music, but not Medieval music

    9 9.68%
  • I enjoy Medieval music, but not Renaissance music

    0 0%
  • I do not enjoy either Renaissance or Medieval music

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    Default Medieval and Renaissance Music Poll

    Here is a poll to see whether people here listen to and enjoy music before the Baroque era.

    It is anonymous, in the hope that people will feel more like responding honestly if they know their answer will not be public.
    Last edited by Mahlerian; Feb-11-2016 at 02:14.

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    I very much enjoy these periods of music. Of course, I limit my listening to sacred music. Some of the secular music is downright blush-worthy.

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    It goes without saying that I have an abiding obsession with these periods.
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    I really just know so little of music from these periods. That which I have heard is... Nice enough. I do find music this old more confusing than newer (relatively of course) music, and perhaps not quite as satisfying. I don't know whether it's because musicians and their music hadn't yet reached a certain level of sophistication and they were still working the kinks out, so to speak, in how to make effective music; or because I'm just not used to the idioms used in that kind of music since I have listened to less of it. Either way, I don't feel I can make an informed vote in this poll.

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    The Renaissance period produced such a diverse collection of music, I bet a lot of people could say they both like and dislike the period. Personally, I find late-Renaissance madrigals difficult to appreciate. I more or less avoid late Renaissance in general.

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    There used to be a public radio show called "Micrologus" featuring and giving treatises on ancient music. I loved it, but once our local station stopped carrying it I never pursued the time period further.

    I loved the Picardy thirds and complex rhythms of some Renaissance music -- it seems the Renaissance composers were rhythmically more adventurous in some ways than we are today.

    I have a little trouble however if I try to go back much farther into modal medieval music. It doesn't seem to have the same kind of compelling voice leading, stress and resolution worked out and perfected in later eras. I suppose if I immersed myself its sound world the way I have with 20th/21st century music I might get more out of it, but I'm content to enjoy it as novelty and also to get historical perspective.

    I clicked that I enjoy both, but with some reservations about medieval.

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    As of today I definitely listen to and enjoy more Renaissance than Medieval but, being here, things could change quickly. I could learn how to better appreciate Medieval music as well

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    I enjoy both! I even love ancient music, no surprise there, though.

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    I voted : I do not enjoy either Renaissance or Medieval music
    Not completely true, but from time to time a disc can't hurt anyone

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    Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Perotin.

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    Among my favorite pre-Baroque works are:

    The Terpsichore of Praetorius.

    The virginal music of Byrd.

    The antiphonal brass works of Gabrieli.

    My favorite Christmas work is In dulci jubilo
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    I do -as you may guess from my avatar. The lute and harp are two of my favorite instruments from any time, so I have a preference for music for them. I also like composers like William Lawes and William Byrd, but they seem more closely related to the Baroque style to come, whereas many composers of lute music in particular from that time had a fascinating mix of Baroque precedents, along with folk and minstrel strains, and a creative use of time signatures and tempo changes within songs. I definitely want to look into more medieval music.

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    I like both, but there are fewer pieces from these eras that really grab me. I do periodically like to re-examine a lot of these works as well as explore new ones, that being said the composers I like the most right now are from later eras so I don't spend a lot of time listening to pre-Baroque music (I don't consider Monteverdi pre-Baroque).
    Last edited by tdc; Feb-11-2016 at 07:19.

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    I like both.

    A timely poll, Mahlerian! I was planning to get started with the Pre-1700 project next week.

    I'm intrigued by the high score achieved by the "both" option - over 81% at time of writing. Based on the votes I've seen in my polls, I'd have expected it to be close to or even under 50%. Perhaps the high score is indication that many people like what they've heard, but aren't "into" the periods to the extent that they're familiar with a large number of works.

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    I sort of wish you had included I like one but don't know any of another as I'm just beginning to explore these eras of music. Haven't gotten to medieval era yet just started on Renaissance about a year ago. I voted I like both because I can always find someone in all eras whose music I enjoy even the romantic era (my personal least favorite time for music).

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