I don't create MIDI files as an end in itself. They are simply a by-product
of other things that I do. Apparently some people spend a lot of time
trying to get MIDI files to sound good. I'm not convinced that this will
ever work. However, I thought that these MIDI files might be interesting
for study purposes. And in fact if you read below, you will see that in least
one case it has been of use to someone.
The reasons why these particular pieces have been selected are arbitrary. However, in general they are ones that I like. The synthesizer voices are chosen in a fairly quirky manner. They sound okay with my sound card (considering that they are generated by a computer). This may be different with your sound card. The more contrapuntal pieces have been done in stereo for better separation of voices.
Gilles Binchois (c. 1400-c. 1460), served at the Burgundian court, a renowned centre of
musical activity during the 15th century.
In early life he was a soldier, but he later took holy orders, becoming chaplain to
Philip of Burgundy.
He is best remembered for his
elegant polyphonic chansons.
Besides his music, he was also a fashion pioneer. As far as I have discovered,
he was the first musician who is known to have worn sunglasses indoors.
|Charité, possibly "M. Jacques Carité", Canon of Cambrai, died 1451.|
|Guillaume Dufay (c. 1400-1474) was considered the greatest composer of his time. He excelled both in sacred and secular composition. Loyser Compère (c. 1450-1510) wrote of Dufay: "Moon of all music; light of singers".|
|Johannes le Grant. I have no information on him. Evidently a contemporary of Binchois.|
Thomas Morley (c. 1557-1603), is remembered mostly for his madrigals
and settings of Shakespeare's songs. |
|Diego Ortiz, born in Spain in the early 16th century, maestro di cappella to the Viceroy of Naples (then politically connected to Spain), published a treatise in 1553 describing how to improvise variations. These are three examples based on popular Renaissance "Tenores" or bass patterns.|
|Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina (c. 1525-1594),
the major musical figure of the Counter-Reformation.
Many consider him the greatest composer of church music of all time.
His works are considered even today to be models of pure counterpoint.
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