Renaissance music Music composed in Europe from c.1400 to 1600. It was mainly religious vocal polyphony, usually a mass or motet. Non-religious music was mainly in the form of songs – Italian and English madrigals, French chansons, German Lieder – and some instrumental music for organ, clavier, lute, or for small ensembles. Renaissance composers include Palestrina, Lasso, Byrd, and Gabrieli.
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