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Early music is "music, especially "Western art music, composed prior to the "Classical era.[1]["not in citation given] The term generally comprises "Medieval music (500–1400) and "Renaissance music (1400–1600), but can also include "Baroque music (1600–1760), and, according to some authorities such as Kennedy (who excludes Baroque),[1] "Ancient music (before 500 AD). According to the UK's "National Centre for Early Music, the term "early music" refers to both a repertory (European music written between 1250 and 1750 embracing Medieval, Renaissance and the Baroque) – and a historically informed approach to the performance of that music.[2] However, today this term has come to include "any music for which a historically appropriate style of performance must be reconstructed on the basis of surviving scores, treatises, instruments and other contemporary evidence."[3]



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According to Margaret Bent, "Renaissance "notation is under-prescriptive by our standards; when translated into modern form it acquires a prescriptive weight that overspecifies and distorts its original openness. "Accidentals … may or may not have been notated, but what modern notation requires would then have been perfectly apparent without notation to a singer versed in "counterpoint".[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Michael Kennedy, "Early Music"", in The Oxford Dictionary of Music, second revised edition, Associate Editor Joyce Bourne. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. "ISBN "0-19-869162-9.
  2. ^ "About Us". National Centre for Early Music. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Harry Haskell, "Early Music", "The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by "Stanley Sadie and "John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers, 2001.
  4. ^ Bent, Margaret. 1998. "The Grammar of Early Music: Preconditions for Analysis", p. 25. In Tonal Structures in Early Music, edited by Cristle Collins Judd, 15–59. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities 1998; Criticism and Analysis of Early Music 1. New York: Garland Publishing. "ISBN "0-8153-2388-3.

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