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Differences Between Music

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Music has always been a significant aspect of human beings' lives. Since the Middle
Ages, people have practiced music in different ways and for various purposes, such as worship,
entertainment, or mourning. Sacred music was mainly practiced during religious events and
practices. Secular music was practiced for purposes such as entertainment.
During the Middle Ages, secular music differed from sacred music in various ways. First,
secular music during that period was sung monophonically, while sacred music during the same
time was mainly vocal in nature. Secondly, during the Middle Ages, secular music involved
improvised musical instrumental accompaniment, while sacred music was sung with minimal use
of musical instruments (Page, pp. 20). Thirdly, secular music during the Middle Ages included
madrigals and involved dance, while sacred music was done mainly for purposes of the Mass or
motet. In the same way, the two types of music differ in that people in the Middle Ages utilized
sacred music as a way to worship and praise God. They regarded music as a divine gift. On the
other hand, secular music was not made for any religious reasons, but it was for different
functions such as entertainment or to demonstrate one's love for another.
The clip with sacred music is the first one titled Gregorian chant- Deum verum, while the
one with secular music is the second clip titled Medieval music- Troubadour love song
The term sacred means something or someone that is connected with the divine or
god/God. Sacred is also related to or embodies the doctrines and laws of a specific religion and

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hence deserves veneration. On the contrary, the term secular means anything or anyone not
connected with spiritual or religious matters. Secular also means not bound to any religious
doctrines or rules.
I could tell that clip 1 Deum Verum Gregorian Chant was sacred because of several of its
features. For example, the music in the clip does not have any musical instrument
accompaniment throughout the performance. Also, the music is sung in acapella. In the same
way, the song in the clip is sung in Latin, which was a common aspect of sacred music,
especially in the Middle Ages. In addition, the song is written in special neumatic notation and is
unmetered since it does not have any metric or rhythmic indications. I could tell that clip 2
Medieval music- Troubadour love song is secular based on the features of the music performed.
For example, the musical instrument accompaniment indicates that the music is secular. The title
of the piece also suggests that it is a love song hence a secular song.
There are connections between the clips and music o today, as seen through the use of
instrumental accompaniment in the secular song, which is seen in today's music. Also, the two
are similar in that the sacred music is sung in acapella, which can also be found in today's sacred
or gospel music.
To conclude, music has always been a significant aspect of human society and continues
to impact people significantly in the modern world. However, music has evolved from the early
times, such as Middle Ages, to the present day.

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Surname 1 Student's Name Institutional Affiliation Course Date Secular and Sacred Music Music has always been a significant aspect of human beings' lives. Since the Middle Ages, people have practiced music in different ways and for various purposes, such as worship, entertainment, or mourning. Sacred music was mainly practiced during religious events and practices. Secular music was practiced for purposes such as entertainment. During the Middle Ages, secular music differed from sacred music in various ways. First, secular music during that period was sung monophonically, while sacred music during the same time was mainly vocal in nature. Secondly, during the Middle Ages, secular music involved improvised musical instrumental accompaniment, while sacred music was sung with minimal use of musical instruments (Page, pp. 20). Thirdly, secular music during the Middle Ages included madrigals ...
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