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There was also loads of music not written for the church, corresponding to happy dance music and romantic love songs. Popular devices through the Renaissance included the viols (a string instrument performed with a bow), lutes (a plucked stringed instrument that could be a little like a guitar), and the virginal, a small, quiet keyboard instrument. In 2008, archaeologists found a bone flute in the Hohle Fels cave near Ulm, Germany. The five-holed flute has a V-shaped mouthpiece and is made from a vulture wing bone.
The instantaneous emotional resonance of a song will at all times supersede the eventual emotional response to phrases composed in its likeness. Yet I would argue that cogitation itself, the interpretive transfer made between the phrases and the spirit, sears the verbal-notational structure more utterly. If a song instantly grabs our bushel of nerves and sets them all on … Read More