“Internet Renaissance Band”
Internet Renaissance Band
Aug 3, 2004
- This site offers a library of early music performances in a MIDI format. MIDI files are offered for a wide number of composers from the mediaeval and rennaissance periods.
- Type of Material:
- A web site dedicated to early music and MIDI performances of early works. Some descriptive information is also available.
- Recommended Uses:
- Historical overview of early music.
- Technical Requirements:
- Up to date multimedia browser capable of performing MIDI files.
- Identify Major Learning Goals:
- Familiarity with early music literature, its context and authentic sound.
- Target Student Population:
- Music students of all ages. Of particular interest to music and literature students.
- Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
- None but a familiarity with early music history would enrich the listening.
- This is a single site that offers a broad overview of prominent early music compositions. A good attempt at imitating early music instrument sounds is made using the standard general midi library.
- MIDI performances are not capable of creating the instrumental qualities of early music. Performance practice of the time is also difficult to imitate in a MIDI performance. Choral compositions do not map well into MIDI where the text may be a central component of the performance.
- This is a centralized site for a student to gain a quick overview of the compositional practice from these early periods. The site offers examples from a wide range of known composers.
- The performance practice for these periods are compromised some by the MIDI performances. Although historical accuracy is not exactly known live performances would allow for a wider range of performance expression. Therefore this site works much better as a source of compositional practice rather than performance practice of the period.
- The site is quite transparent and easy to navigate.
- Other Issues and Comments:
- Creative Commons: