Baroque Music and American History Timeline

  • 1580

    Early baroque music

    The Florentine Camerata was a group of humanists, musicians, poets and intellectuals in late Renaissance Florence, they gathered under the patronage of Count Giovanni de' Bardi.
  • The House of Burgesses

    The House of Burgesses, the first representative assembly in America, meets for the first time in Virginia. The first African slaves are brought to Jamestown.
  • Mayflower II

    The Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts is established by Pilgrims from England.
  • Middle baroque music

    The rise of the centralized court is one of the economic and political features of what is often labelled the Age of Absolutism, personified by Louis XIV of France.
  • Miserere Mei Deus

    Composed around 1638, Allegri's setting of the Miserere was amongst the falsobordone settings used by the choir of the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week liturgy, a practice dating to at least 1514.
  • Late baroque music

    Through the work of Johann Fux, the Renaissance style of polyphony was made the basis for the study of composition.
  • Jamestown

    Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, is established by the London Company in southeast Virginia.
  • The Well-Tempered

    Each set contains twenty-four pairs of prelude and fugue. The first pair is in C major, the second in C minor, the third in C major, the fourth in C minor, and so on.
  • Hallelujah Chorus

    George Frideric Handel was born February 23, 1685. While we all have heard the Hallelujah Chorus during Christmas season, many people don’t realize that George Frideric Handel is its world-renowned composer. And at Christmas time we all sing “Joy To The World”, another of his masterpieces.
  • Boston Massacre

    British troops fire into a mob, killing five men and leading to intense public protests
  • George Washington

    Washington is inaugurated as president at Federal Hall in New York.
  • John Adams

    is inaugurated as the second president in Philadelphia.