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Historical NotesDuring the Renaissance, it was considered an important social skill to be able to hold one’s own in a part song or place in a round. Common people would make up their own songs, while highly bred people could sing a piece of sheet music on sight.
The upper class would often listen to lutes, virginals, viols, and recorders. Public music was played with loud instruments. These instruments were mostly horns. People who lived in the countryside would listen to church-bells being played, while most commoners would listen to bagpipes, fiddles, and simple instruments like the recorder.
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