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What is the definition of 'medieval music'?

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March 26, 2012 11:15PM

Music written in the medieval period, which means in Europe in the period more or less between 500 and 1500 AD. I say more or less because at the end of the period (when it starts being "renaissance music") it's not really all that clear whether musicians should be called medieval or renaissance. Some Italian music of the 1300s is called renaissance. In any case, medieval and renaissance music is often lumped together which avoids the problem.