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Los orígenes de la polifonía medieval

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One of the most important transformations in Western music took place during the Middle Ages: the transition from monophonic works made up of a sole melodic line to polyphonic works in which two or more melodies compete simultaneously. With its different liturgical variants, plainchant represented the most elaborate music that was performed in the West until then and would continue to be have a major presence in European churches and monasteries for many centuries to come. But the emergence of polyphony opened up a completely new world in the mentality of musicians and listeners, a new creative dimension that some scholars have compared to the pivotal use of perspective in painting. Ultimately, it would become one of the greatest innovations that the history of Western music has witnessed.

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