Music in Humanities: participatory entertainment has been largely replaced in Western Culture, history homework help

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Address the following question and write a personalized response, using appropriate musical terminology from the readings associated with Module 2: Middle Ages and Renaissance. Your response should have a minimum of 300 words and should be your original work, not the work or discussion published in another source. Then read and reply to two (2) of your classmates’ posts, offering your insight into the works discussed.

In the 16th century (the 1500s), after-dinner entertainment often consisted of informal (but musically proficient) singing of madrigals by family members and their guests. Even today, singing and dancing by everyone present represents a customary, traditional part of social gatherings, in cultures ranging from rural Africa to the streets of Mexican villages to contemporary urban Japan.

  • Why do you think such participatory entertainment has been largely replaced in Western culture by such passive experiences as watching television, attending a concert, or viewing a movie?
  • What has been gained and what has been lost by this change?

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