The Renaissance Period – Sheet Music & Scores

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

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 €plus shipping
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John Dowland - Fifty Songs 1 – Low Voice
John Dowland

Fifty Songs 1 – Low Voice

Songs 1-25

for: Voice (low), piano [organ]

Music score

Item no.: 144145

19.20 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
German Keyboard Music

German Keyboard Music

Musica per la tastiera
Tastenmusik aus dem 16. und 17. Jahrhundert
Német billentyűs muzsika

for: Piano [harpsichord/organ]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 266335

11.75 €plus shipping
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John Dowland - Lute Songs – Books 1 & 2
John Dowland

Lute Songs – Books 1 & 2

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

for: Voice, guitar [lute]

Score

Item no.: 228281

17.10 €plus shipping
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Thomas Morley - 21 Two-part Canzonets
Thomas Morley

21 Two-part Canzonets

für 2 Stimmen (Chor) oder Instrumente (Violen/Blockflöten)

for: 2 voices [violins/ recorders]

Score

Item no.: 662712

14.95 €plus shipping
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Heinrich Schütz - Musikalische Exequien SWV 279-281
Heinrich Schütz

Musikalische Exequien SWV 279-281

Begräbnismusik in drei Teilen für Singstimmen und Basso continuo
Stuttgarter Schütz-Ausgabe Urtext

for: 8 voices (SSAATTBB), organ, bass; mixed choir (SSATTB), 6 melody instruments colla parte ad lib.

Score

Item no.: 423286

26.50 €plus shipping
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Diego Ortiz - Trattado de Glosas
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

55.00 €plus shipping
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John Dowland - Fifty Songs 2
John Dowland

Fifty Songs 2

Songs 26–50

for: Voice (high), piano

Score

Item no.: 137444

16.80 €plus shipping
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Giovanni Paolo Cima - 3 Early Italian Sonatas

T. Cecchino: Sonata prima (demo)

Giovanni Paolo Cima

3 Early Italian Sonatas

Dowani 3 Tempi Play Along

for: Descant recorder

Buch + CD

Item no.: 483317

25.99 €plus shipping
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Renaissance Music for two Guitars

Renaissance Music for two Guitars

Reneszánsz muzsika két gitárra

for: 2 guitars

Ensemble score (anthology)

Item no.: 478430

10.15 €plus shipping
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Chamber Music for Three Treble Recorders

Chamber Music for Three Treble Recorders

from the 14th - 18th centuries

for: 3 treble recorders

Ensemble score (anthology)

Item no.: 327477

14.40 €plus shipping
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The Renaissance Guitar

Spagnoletta

The Renaissance Guitar

Music Sales America

for: Guitar

Music score (anthology), online audio

Item no.: 224103

42.50 €plus shipping
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John Dowland - Third Book of Songs
John Dowland

Third Book of Songs

1603
With Lute Tablature

for: Voice, guitar [lute]

Score

Item no.: 142179

27.80 €plus shipping
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Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in Codex Faenza 117

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 €plus shipping
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Johann Hermann Schein - Israelsbrünnlein (Fontana d'Israel)
Johann Hermann Schein

Israelsbrünnlein (Fontana d'Israel)

Gesamtausgabe 26 Motetten

for: Mixed choir (SSATB), basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 655070

64.95 €plus shipping
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John Dowland - 18 Songs
John Dowland

18 Songs

for Voice and Guitar
ars instrumentalis 080

for: Voice, guitar

Score

Item no.: 109143

12.50 €plus shipping
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Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 770916

26.70 €plus shipping
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Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music

Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music

from the Repertoire of the Mandel Quartet

for: Flexible ensemble

Ensemble score

Item no.: 168026

25.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
John Dowland - 7 Songs
John Dowland

7 Songs

from the Lute Tabulature

for: Voice, piano

Piano score

Item no.: 112870

15.95 €plus shipping
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John Dowland - The First Booke of Songes or Ayres
John Dowland

The First Booke of Songes or Ayres

Complete Lute Songs I

for: Voice, guitar

Score

Item no.: 213823

32.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Bläserartikulation in der Alten Musik

Bläserartikulation in der Alten Musik

Eine kommentierte Quellensammlung
Pratica Musicale 8

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 475526

96.00 €plus shipping
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Heinrich Schütz - Account of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
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

31.00 €plus shipping
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Heinrich Schütz - O lieber Herre Gott, wecke uns auf SWV 287 (op. 8, 6)
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 voices (SS) [TT], organ

Score

Item no.: 421967

3.95 €plus shipping
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Heinrich Schütz - 5 short sacred concertos (5 kleine geistliche Konzerte)
Heinrich Schütz

5 short sacred concertos (5 kleine geistliche Konzerte)

for: Voice, piano [organ]

Music score

Item no.: 381949

14.80 €plus shipping
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Dennis Shrock - Peforming Renaissance Music
Dennis Shrock

Peforming Renaissance Music

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 680929

35.95 €plus shipping
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Heinrich Schütz - Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe SWV 321
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

4.20 €plus shipping
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An English Medieval and Renaissance Song Book

An English Medieval and Renaissance Song Book

Part Songs and Sacred Music for One to Six Voices
Reprint of An English Song Book, Doubleday & Co., Garden City, New York, 1961
Dover Vocal Scores

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Choir book

Item no.: 149012

11.10 €plus shipping
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Manuel Rodrigues Coelho - Flores de Musica
Manuel Rodrigues Coelho

Flores de Musica

(1620)
Vol. II: Tentos (5°-8° tono), Susanas

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 1025254

59.95 €plus shipping
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French Renaissance Dances for four stringed instruments

French Renaissance Dances for four stringed instruments

With ornamentation instructions and choreographies

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet) [string orchestra]

Score, Parts

Item no.: 487623

23.50 €plus shipping
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John Wilbye - Fly, Love aloft
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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: Male choir (TTB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 4611

1.40 €
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Heinrich Schütz - Saul, wilt thou injure me? SWV 415
Heinrich Schütz

Saul, wilt thou injure me? SWV 415

from : Symphoniae Sacrae III

for: Favorit choir (SMezATBB), orchestra; 2 chapell choirs (SATB, SATB) ad lib.

Score

Item no.: 231955

10.80 €plus shipping
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John Wilbye - Fly, Love aloft
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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

1.40 €
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John Dowland - 6 Songs
John Dowland

6 Songs

Edition Schott

for: Voice, guitar

Score

Item no.: 431461

10.00 €plus shipping
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Heinrich Schütz - Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben op. 9/19 SWV 324
Heinrich Schütz

Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben op. 9/19 SWV 324

aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte II

for: Mixed choir (SSB) [male chorus (TTB)], basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 423224

4.20 €plus shipping
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French Renaissance Dances for four recorders

French Renaissance Dances for four recorders

With ornamentation instructions and choreographies

for: 4 recorders (SATB quartet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 616878

23.50 €plus shipping
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Duets for Fun: Guitars
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Duets for Fun: Guitars

Easy pieces to play together

for: 2 guitars

Ensemble score

Item no.: 736879

11.99 €
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William Byrd - Hear My Prayer, O Lord
William Byrd

Hear My Prayer, O Lord

for: Soloist (soprano), mixed choir (SSATB), organ [piano]

Choir score

Item no.: 840961

3.75 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Heinrich Schütz - Herr, unser Herrscher SWV 27
Heinrich Schütz

Herr, unser Herrscher SWV 27

Psalmen Davids (mixolydisch) (1619)
für 2 Favorit-Chöre (SSAT/ATBB), Cappell-Chor (SSATB) ad lib. und Bc

for: 2 mixed choirs (SSAT, ATBarB), double bass, organ; mixed choir (SSATB), 5 melodic instruments (colla parte) ad lib.

Score

Item no.: 423319

10.20 €plus shipping
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Tobias Hume - Ayres poeticall musicke
Tobias Hume

Ayres poeticall musicke

Pratica Musicale 2

for: Viola da gamba

Music score

Item no.: 560697

150.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
John Dowland - Ayres for 4 voices
John Dowland

Ayres for 4 voices

Musica Britannica 6

for: Mixed choir (SATB); lute ad lib.

Score (Hardcover)

Item no.: 376330

146.10 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Marco Pallis - Renaissance Tunes
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 €plus shipping
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J. Peter Burkholder et al. - Norton Anthology of Western Music 1
J. Peter Burkholder, Claude V. Palisca

Norton Anthology of Western Music 1

Ancient to Baroque
Eighth Edition

Book

Item no.: 761927

68.20 €plus shipping
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Heinrich Schütz - Psalm 130: From the deep, cried I
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

8.00 €plus shipping
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Old Italian Organ Music

Old Italian Organ Music

Gabrieli, Frescobaldi and others

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 635421

11.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Heinrich Schütz - The Psalms of David
Heinrich Schütz

The Psalms of David

24 Psalms for the Church's Year

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

Choir score

Item no.: 471534

15.25 €plus shipping
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Renaissance Dances

Renaissance Dances

Reneszánsz táncok
EMB Early Chamber Music

for: Flute [recorder], guitar

Score, part

Item no.: 266363

14.95 €plus shipping
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Thomas Morley - Canzonets for 2 and 3 Voices
Thomas Morley

Canzonets for 2 and 3 Voices

1595/1593
The English Madrigalists 1

for: 2–3 voices

Choir score

Item no.: 361323

69.55 €plus shipping
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John Dowland - 8 Lute Songs or Duets
John Dowland

8 Lute Songs or Duets

Lieder und Duette für Sopran, Bass, Laute und Viola da gamba

The second Booke of Songs and Ayres, 1600

for: 2 voices (SB), strings, basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 582996

19.80 €plus shipping
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Laudate pueri

Laudate pueri

34 lateinische Motetten für Frauenchor a capella

for: Women's choir a cappella

Music score

Item no.: 674124

17.50 €plus shipping
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Thomas Tallis - If ye love me
Thomas Tallis

If ye love me

Tudor Church Music

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 123442

2.80 €plus shipping
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