I have a fuzzy recollection of a video lecture on music theory claiming that the Gregorian Reforms (for music) were largely in response to a popular French school of music that emphasized polyphony to the point where the actual (religious) words were mostly incomprehensible. The examples resembled modern music where vocals are sometimes used primarily as texture rather than as carriers of lyric information.
According to wikipedia, French Polyphony came after the Gregorian reforms. Did I accidentally invent fake music history, or is this a real thing I’m struggling to recall? If so, what was it called and when did it happen?
There must have been many attempts through history and around the world to take music in directions that ended up offending people with more pedestrian tastes. Please share your favorite examples in this thread!