Music of the Trecento At the dawn of the fourteenth century, the Trecento, an Italian tradition of polyphonic music with texts in the vernacular tongue began to develop. The first centres were the towns and courts of Lombardy in the north. Before, French musical and literary influence had been strong both by the imported culture of emigrated troubadours from Southern France and by some of the teachers at the Paduan university who had studied music at the University of Paris. The new Italian style was different from the contemporary French music, being less intellectual and more expressive with the realistic images in the text. Only near the end of the Trecento the two styles came to be fused….Download booklet
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