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The Renaissance Period (1400–1600) – Sheet Music

The Renaissance saw the musical shackles of the Medieval Period being broken, and both secular and sacred music became livelier and more expressive, and through the developments of printed music, more widely available. Browse our sheet music and scores, and pick up a mass or a madrigal today!

Music of the Renaissance Period

The driving force of the Renaissance was humanism (from the Latin “hummanus” or human), the dogmas of the church were overturned by science, and art was inspired by antiquity and a new, harmonious worldview. Vocal polyphony was very much at the forefront of Renaissance music, and a desire for perfect form, and rational, logical sophistication emerged. In church music, the cyclic form of the Mass, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei was still widely deployed, and musical settings of Motets, Litanies, Psalms and Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis broadened the congregation’s musical experience. Secular vocal music also developed through the madrigals, and polyphonic and unison songs.

Basic Elements of Polyphonic Vocal Music

In contrast to the Medieval Period, the Renaissance began with a new design principle, imitation. A short, lively theme moves from voice to voice, and the composer creates a counter-melody to compliment it. Elements from the Medieval however were still present, and the “cantus firmus” or fixed chant was often a device of choice in the Renaissance. The cantus firmus takes a theme from Gregorian Chant or Folk Music, but the composer uses augmentation, elongates the note values, and uses the cantus firmus as the harmonic basis for this polyphonic work. From here, the canon soon evolved, which was the clear precursor to the baroque fugue.

Renaissance Instrumental Music

The Renaissance marked a big step in the development of instrumental music, and a significant move towards independence for solo instruments, and chamber groups. Traditionally instruments were used as accompaniment for choir or solo singing or for dance music, but through the Renaissance Period, pure instrumental solo or ensemble music became more and more popular. In particular, Renaissance Organ Music experienced a great boom due to the technical development of the instrument, and it was during the 16th century that more vocal instrumental music started emerging, and the first works featuring basso continuo were written.

Important Renaissance Composers

Jacob van Eyck

Der Fluyten Lust-hof 1

First complete edition with full commentary

for: Descant recorder

Music score

Item no.: 200592

18.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Hodie Christus Natus est

A Christmas motet for SSATB unaccompanied or with ensemble

for: Choir

Choir score

Item no.: 345347

3.55 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Magnify him! My soul doth magnify the Lord – German Magnificat

Zwölf geistliche Gesänge op. 13 Nr. 7 SWV 426
Motet on the Gospel text
Stuttgarter Schütz-Ausgabe

for: Mixed choir (SATB); 4 instruments colla parte, basso continuo ad lib.

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 425214

9.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Michael Praetorius

In Dulci Jubilo

Brass Quartet / Vces / Organ / Sc / Pts (Ption / Pties) Mfb606

for: Blechbläser (4), Gesang, Orgel

Score, Parts

Item no.: 632793

17.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Hodie Christus natus est SWV 315

aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte II, op. 9 Nr. 10
mit singbarer englischer Übersetzung

for: 2 voices (ST), organ

Score

Item no.: 175147

3.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Sei gegrüßet, Maria SWV 333 op. 9, 28

Ankündigung der Geburt Jesu. Evangeliendialog - mixolydisch. Aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte II (1639)
gleicher Notentext wie Ave Maria SWV 334, mit singbarer englischer Übersetzung

for: 2 soloists (SA), favorit choir (SSATB), 5 melodic instruments, organ

Score

Item no.: 231802

3.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Dennis Shrock

Peforming Renaissance Music

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 680929

35.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Medieval and Renaissance Music for Flute

Corne Yards

Medieval and Renaissance Music for Flute

Musikstücke aus dem Mittelalter und der Renaissance eingerichtet für Flöte

for: Flute

Music score (spiral binding), online playback

Item no.: 642614

27.25 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
John Dowland

Fifty Songs 1

Lieder 1-25

for: Voice (low), piano [organ]

Music score

Item no.: 144145

18.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
John Dowland

18 Songs

for Voice and Guitar
ars instrumentalis 080

for: Voice, guitar

Music score

Item no.: 109143

12.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Diego Ortiz

Trattado de Glosas

Viersprachige Neuausgabe der spanischen und italienischen Originalausgaben
Espanol, Italiano, English, Deutsch - Mit separater Gambenstimme - 3. Aufl. 2013

for: Viola da gamba

Book

Item no.: 114768

49.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
John Dowland

Lute Songs

The Original First ans Second Books – Including Doiwland's Original Lute Tablature
Transcribed for Voice and Guitar

for: Voice, guitar [lute]

Songbook

Item no.: 228281

16.30 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Marco Pallis

Renaissance Tunes

Einfache Duette für 2 Celli
aus der Serie: Duets for String Instruments (Set 3)

for: 2 cellos

Ensemble score

Item no.: 634580

8.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in Codex Faenza 117

Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae 57

for: Harpsichord

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 580927

52.20 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Thomas Morley

21 Two-part Canzonets

for: 2 voices [violins/ recorders]

Ensemble score

Item no.: 662712

12.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Laudate pueri

34 lateinische Motetten für Frauenchor a capella

for: Women's choir a cappella

Music score

Item no.: 674124

17.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks
John Dowland

7 Songs

from the Lute Tabulature

for: Voice, piano

Music score

Item no.: 112870

13.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Girolamo Frescobaldi

Galliard and Courante

Flute Quartet

for: 4 flutes (quartet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 194630

10.20 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

O lieber Herre Gott, wecke uns auf SWV 287 (op. 8, 6)

Vorreformatorisches Adventsgebet (Collecte), wahrscheinlich von Martin Luther 1533 eingedeutscht
g-dorisch
aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte I

for: 2 solo voices (SS) [TT], organ

Score

Item no.: 421967

3.60 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Thomas Tallis

English Sacred Music – Introits and Anthems

Choral Programme Series

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella; organ ad lib.

Choir score

Item no.: 280995

5.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

Madrigals for Treble Voices

Selected from the Golden Age of Choral Music

for: Women's choir (SSA/SSAA) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 363007

7.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Johann Hermann Schein

Israelsbrünnlein (Fontana d'Israel)

Gesamtausgabe 26 Motetten

for: Mixed choir (SSATB), basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 655070

59.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Thomas Tallis: Winter Canon

Winter Canon

Thomas Tallis

Winter Canon

(with "In the Bleak Midwinter")
Based on a melody by Thomas Tallis

for: Choir (2 voices), piano

Score

Item no.: 691858

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Heinrich Schütz

Account of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi SWV 50
Stuttgarter Schütz – Ausgabe
Urtext

for: Favorit choir (SSSATTBarB), mixed choir (SATB), 4 viole da gamba, basso continuo [organ]

Score

Item no.: 425139

28.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Wohl dem, der nicht wandelt im Rat der Gottlosen

SWV 290 (op. 8 Nr. 9) aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte I
für Sopran, Alt und Orgel

for: 2 voices (SA), organ

Score

Item no.: 423210

3.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 770916

26.70 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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Orlando Gibbons

The Silver Swan

aus: "The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets, apt for Viols and Voyces"

for: Mixed choir (SATTB); basso continuo ad lib.

Score, part (pdf download)

Item no.: 3141

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Instantly available.
Thomas Morley

First Book of Ayres

With Lute Tablature
English Lute Songs

for: Voice, guitar [lute]

Music score

Item no.: 186968

29.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Tobias Hume

Ayres poeticall musicke

Pratica Musicale 2

for: Viola da gamba

Music score

Item no.: 560697

150.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
J. Peter Burkholder, Claude V. Palisca

Norton Anthology of Western Music 1

Ancient to Baroque
Eighth Edition

Book

Item no.: 761927

66.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Thomas Morley

Now is the month of maying

Ashdown Vocal Duets 247

for: 2 voices (high), piano

Score

Item no.: 550131

2.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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John Dowland

Fine knacks for Ladies

from "The Second Booke of Songes or Ayres of foure partes with Tableture for the Lute", 1600

for: Mixed choir (SATB), lute [harpsichord]

Score

Item no.: 3335

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Heinrich Schütz

Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe SWV 321

aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte II, op. 9 Nr. 16
mit singbarer englischer Übersetzung

for: 3 voices (SST), basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 422095

3.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
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John Willbye

Adieu, sweet Amaryllis

aus: "The First Set of English Madrigals"

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 3259

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Instantly available.

Répertoire de Mélodies 1

for: Voice, piano

Piano score

Item no.: 482807

18.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Psalm 130: From the deep, cried I

Psalmen Davids 1619, op. 2/4 (SWV 25)
Psalm-Konzert für zwei Favorit-Chöre (SATB/SATB) und Basso continuo
Urtext Stuttgarter Schütz-Ausgabe

for: 2 favorit choirs (SATB, SATB), basso continuo; 8 instruments (colla parte) ad lib.

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 231707

7.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

St. Matthew Passion

Historia des Leidens und Sterbens unsers Herrn und Heilandes Jesu Christi nach dem Evangelisten Matthäus
Stuttgarter Schütz-Ausgabe
– Staffelpreis auf Anfrage –

for: Favorit choir (SATB), mixed choir (SATB)

Choir score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 232139

6.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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John Wilbye

Fly, Love aloft

aus: "The First Set of English Madrigals to 3. 4. 5. and 6. voices"
London, 1598

for: Women's choir (SSA) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 4610

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Instantly available.
William Byrd

My Ladye Nevells Booke

Facsimile British Library MS Mus. 1591
Documenta musicologica II/44 / Bärenreiter Facsimile (Faksimile) (Facsimile)

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music score (reprint, hardcover)

Item no.: 610741

192.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Bläserartikulation in der Alten Musik

Eine kommentierte Quellensammlung
Pratica Musicale 8

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 475526

96.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Henry Purcell, Thomas Morley

Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Choral Music

for: Mixed choir (SATB), 2 oboes, cor anglais, bassoon, 4 trumpets, , snare drum, timpani, organ

Score

Item no.: 321285

11.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Thomas Tomkins

When David heard

– Graduated prices on request –

for: Mixed choir (SAATB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 687557

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Thomas Tallis

O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 3510

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Thomas Tallis

If Ye Love Me

Tudor Church Music

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Score

Item no.: 123442

2.75 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

UE Guitar Guide

Guitar Music for Young Players

for: Classical guitar

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 293497

17.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Claudio Monteverdi

L'incoronazione di Poppea/ Die Krönung der Poppea

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 120473

63.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Italienische Diminutionen

Die zwischen 1553 und 1638 mehrmals bearbeiteten Sätze
Practica Musicale 1

Music score (hardcover)

Item no.: 200329

250.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Girolamo Frescobaldi, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini

Fiori musicali

di diversi composizioni toccate, kyrie, canzoni, capricci e recercari in partitura a quattro
Monumenti Musicali Italiani XII (2 volumes)
Girolamo Frescobaldi Opere complete XII

for: Harpsichord [organ]

2 music scores

Item no.: 697801

79.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
George Houle

Doulce memoire

A Study in Performance Practice

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 298697

18.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Anne Smith

The Performance of 16th-Century Music

Learning from the Theorists

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 606215

41.10 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

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