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flemish motet


Renaissance motet

During that period, motet  was brought again into prominence. Usually it was a sacred  choral composition for 4-6 voices, but not specifically connected  to the liturgy of a given day. The texts of  antiphons were frequently used as motet texts.

Historically, the stylistic development of the Motet  at that time (around 1450-1550) is  very important because then there was  the most  fertile ground for innovations concerning  the music style. The greater use of imitation which essentially  was fully introduced  by Nicolas Gombert is one of the most interesting features.
Circa 1550 the Flemish Motet (Josquin des Prez, Gombert, Lasso you tube) was spread throughout Europe.  Palestrina  was the greatest representative of this period. you tube

Willi Apel, Harvard dictionary of music, second edition, eighth printing

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