What is a 17th-century solo vocal piece of music called?
It could be an aria, a cantata, a song.
Searching on the word suite doesn't bring up anything vocal. In the 17th century a suite was a set of interrelated pieces for a solo instrument or an orchestra. Bach wrote suites for cello, for violin, for keyboard and for orchestra. A suite could also be a selection of pieces from a larger work, like Handel's Water Music Suite, made of pieces from a large set he wrote to be played as his King's barge floated down the Thames, or his Suite from the Music For The Royal Fireworks.
It was thought to be the interval of the devil. ____________________ In reality, tritones occur [as components of many chords] in western music constantly, and probably in every piece of music that is heard. They are essential to 7th chords, for example. They were considered dissonant in certain vocal settings including plainchant.
Even though the instrumental music of the Renaissance period did not equal the vocal music, in terms of quality and quantity, it still played an integral part of the era. Instrumental music gained in popularity and developeda musical form that was distinct from vocal music. During the Renaissance era, instrumental music was written according to specific rules. 1. Improvisation was very important in performance and for melodic ornamentation. 2. Transcriptions of vocal music for instrumental…