From France came the composer de Machaut, whose long phrases evoked a lover's reluctance to leave his beloved, and his three-part harmonies ushered in a variety of new forms of songs: rondeaux, virelais, and ballades, the forms fixes. This composer was so revolutionary that his music was termed ars nova, to distinguish it from the ars antiqua of Leonin and Perotin. Italian composers added caccias (hunting songs, where one part chases another). In England, rounds, carols and country dances were popular and dance forms quickly spread to France, Germany and beyond.

In the early 1400s, a new style of composition called fauxbourdon was introduced almost simultaneously by three composers: Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois, and John Dunstaple (sometimes spelled Dunstable). Fauxbourdon was part-writing, with one voice accompanied by a part a fourth below it, and another part a sixth below the top voice. Faburden, the English variant, was full triadic harmony, with the melody in the middle voice.

At the end of every stylistic era, composers are often fascinated by the theoretical underpinnings of music, and the end of this era was marked by ars subtilior, which originated in Modena, Italy. This was a highly manneristic style of writing, which involved complex mensural themes, extreme chromaticism and syncopation, and even scores notated for the eye rather than the ear.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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