Philippe de Vitry "Ars Novae" 1320 and all treated of antiquity like ancient greece ... and more and more . Musical modes dates more than 2500 years, and it's only for occidental music . Chineese an india to developped modes quarters tones for ever long.
No i didn't , but I was learn in my studies of musicology , when the virtuosity dictate musical composition it's the begin of decadence baout this musical movement. Paganene is the school example of this historical fact... So , I prefer the Early and renaissance period when the musicians was in the service of a work . Did u See a film called " All the morning of the world " ... It's the pure History of Monsieur de Sainte Colombe Gamba player ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y-DI1Ig16s