Key Stage 3: Music

15th century music was performed live at royal courts, in churches and cathedrals and in everyday life in the open air.

Here is a brief summary of music in the 15th century.

Single-drone Bagpipe & shawm. 14th-century manuscript illumination (detail)
from Boethius, De Arithmetica. Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale, MS V.A.14, fol. 47r.

Musical styles were as varied then as now: here are two contrasting styles:

Your task

Compose lyrics to music in any style you choose (rap, plainsong, classical etc) which tells a story from the life of Richard.

Some examples of medieval songs are on this webpage.


Write an illustrated guide to musical instruments in use during the 15th century.