Arts in the Renaissance
The arts flourished during the Renaissance, a period of cultural revival and growth which began in early 15th century Florence. This KET collection provides examples of Renaissance music, dance, and drama.
The music segment includes an explanation of polyphony and a performance of a work by an Italian composer who greatly influenced the music of the Roman Catholic Church.
Elizabethan drama is represented by two excerpts from Shakespeare, a soliloquy from Hamlet and a scene from Much Ado About Nothing.
The collection also features two Elizabethan court dances as well as a dance that was popular with British upper classes in the 16th and 17th centuries.