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Medieval Music

Medieval music was an integral part of  everyday life for the people of that time period. Music of the Middle  Ages was especially popular during times of celebration and  festivities.

Music was often played during holidays  and special parties. During weddings and birthdays, the music was  especially uplifting. For weddings and on Valentine's Day, lovers'  music was played that was sure to evoke a romantic atmosphere. This  type of music was called  "chivaree." The musicians would play buoyant  and cheery music with crescendos. Many a different Medieval music  instrument was played, including, recorders, horns, trumpets, whistles, bells, and drums.

On Mayday, dancers would dance to  specially-prepared high-pitched music. It was believed that by doing  so, the hibernating spirits would be awakened and forewarned that  spring had arrived.

During Christmas, the sound of bells brought the good news of Jesus' birth to the listeners.

People during the Middle Ages also ate  to the sound of traditional music during and between meal courses. They would also, at times play from a specially-built platform or stage at  the end of the Great Hall. It was believed in those days that medieval  music was not only delightful to the ears, but it also helped in the  digestion of food, hence the reason for music at mealtimes.

The music of Medieval times was very  important to the listeners of that era, whether it be for special  celebrations, holidays, or for something as simple as eating a meal.

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