The Renaissance Era
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Music progressed quickly during the 200-year period spanning 1400 to 1600 A.D. known as the Renaissance. Josquin des Prez composed a wide variety of religious and secular works based on popular melodies and featuring intricate harmonies that greatly advanced polyphonic music. Palestrina composed religious choral works with refined polyphonic harmonies that supported the main melodic theme and which influenced many later composers like Mozart and Beethoven. Instrumental music also began to flourish during this period. Secular musicians wrote and improvised rhythmic music to accompany dancers, and English composers like Thomas Morley wrote madrigals for solo singers and instruments such as the lute or keyboard that were simpler than madrigals by Italian composers like Monteverdi.