Consort

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Definition

Like most music of the Rennaissance period if not actually a dance, like a pavan or galliard, was certainly dance like in style.

The music could be played by solo instruments such a lutes, harpsichords or virginals, by small groups of instruments of the same family or a group of varied instruments from different families. In England, a consort was the name given to a group of instruments of the same family playing together.

It was also a common practice to perform music with a 'broken consort', a collection of different instruments which blended together. This was really the forerunner of the Baroque orchestra which developed during the 17th century.

Examples


Rennaissance music performed by a broken consort.

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