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The early music period is marked by the gradual rise and refinement of polyphony and counterpoint. Mediaeval music begins with Gregorian chant; its written history in the earliest period is constrained by the need to develop musical notation, of which the neumes[?] usually used to write Gregorian melodies are the earliest. Several versions were tried before a notation equal to the task of clearly displaying both the length and duration of the notes was devised.
Much music from this period is anonymous. Important composers whose names are known from the period include:
Early polyphony and organum[?]:
The beginnings of complex polyphony:
The mannered and complex style of Ars subtilior[?]:
Moving towards Renaissance music: