The principal genres of the Renaissance reflect a more humanist attitude toward the sounds and expressive possibilities of music. How is that attitude represented in the Mass, motet, madrigal, and Renaissance dances?
The Renaissance is often described as an age of Curiosity and individualism, It is marked by Exploration and Adventure, as well as the rebirth of human creativity.
The Renaissance is also the time of the Humanism, which focused on human life and its accomplishments. The humanists were captivated by cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and treated the Virgin Mary as a beautiful woman.
The two main Forms of sacred Renaissance Music are the mass and the motet. The motet is a polyphonic choral work set to a sacred Latin text other than the ordinary of the mass.
The madrigal is a piece for several voices set to a short poem, usually about love.
In general, Renaissance means "rebirth," and these dances all exhibit movements and sounds showing this theme.