(French, "song") The most popular form of secular vocal music in northern Europe during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.
character piece A short Romantic piano piece that expresses a single overall mood.
The Orgelbüchlein has a four-fold purpose: it is a collection of organ music for church services, a treatise on composition, a religious statement, and an organ-playing manual.
In musical notation, a symbol at the beginning of a staff that determines the pitches of the lines and spaces.
Gregorian chant is often used as a label, but the term "plainchant" is intended to be more inclusive.
It indicates a single sacred melody, without accompaniment, sung by a single person or by a choir in which each member sings the same part.
When the Early Music FAQ project began in 1994, we wanted to provide beginning or intermediate listeners with a concise and straightforward listing of recorded materials which would help them to survey the repertory in sound.
In retrospect, the availability of CD recordings has become even more haphazard over the years, and maintaining such a list in a fully worthwhile state has become nearly impossible.