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Form in the Renaissance era

Music was divided into sacred and secular.

Renaissance composers were often inspired by nature. There was a clear division into sacred music (e.g. massmotet) and secular music (e.g. chansonmadrigal). Music followed the aesthetics of balance, which favoured pure and consonant harmonies. There are no large leaps; melodic movements are steady, and every motion is balanced with motion in the opposite direction.

Elements of music
Musical eras