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									Music in Everyday Life
           Music had a great impact on Medieval life. Though most music in the Middle Ages is recalled through
 ceremonies and festivals, medieval music was a integral part of everyday life, too. People in the Middle Ages went to
 church many more times that we do today. Religious music helped songs and chants spread to the lower class. Music
 would help peasants and serfs ease through the work day. With a catchy rhyme working in the kitchen or in the fields
 was a lot easier and faster. This is because a song can create a rhythm that people could translate to their work. People
 also ate dinner to music; they believed that music helped you digest food.
Holidays, Feast and Ceremonies
          Music was very popular during feasts, ceremonies and holidays. Different holidays had differents music. The
 music would set the mood for the day. On days like Valentines day people would play a music called “chivaree.”
 Chivaree is love music. Chivaree could also be played at weddings. Weddings also could have bells and other uplifting
 music on that day. Christmas music consist of religious music and music with bells. On Mayday there was very high-
 pitched music.
        Expansion of Liturgy
         Medieval Music started with a single melody called a plainsong. The church made plainsong chants. Chants
were one of the main types of music. During the expansion of liturgy or sacred music, tropes (musical additions) were
added into the plainsong melodies. Tropes flourished in France and Rhineland during the 10th and 11th centuries.
Tropes became lengthy and theatrical and were greatly appreciated by all music lovers in the Middle Ages. In the
western culture polyphony became very popular. Polyphony is when there is more than one melodic line
simultaneously being played separated by a 4th or 5th interval. This new method was used in church.
 Article Medieval Music
 Usborne World History: Medieval World

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