We are continuing on our journey through the history of Music and Art. Last month we traveled all the way back to Ancient Greece to see where our roots begin. This week we are time warping to the Medieval period.
As time went on, composers began to experiment with homophony, meaning everyone still sang the same rhythm but the pitches were different. This is the beginning of harmony in sacred music. Usually the music moved in fifths, which meant the notes were always a fifth apart, moving together in parallel but still keeping a harmony.
Finally, as composers began to evolve they experimented with polyphony, meaning the rhythms and pitches were different. This created rich textures in the chants.