Early Baroque Period

  • 1567

    Claudio Monteverdi Born

    Used dissonances in his music for text expression.
  • Francesca Caccini Born

    The first woman to compose operas.
  • Opera Invented

    Jacopo Peri and Giulio Caccini invent opera in Florence, Italy around 1600.
  • Barbara Strozzi Born

    Published eight sets of songs, each dedicated to a different wealthy patron.
  • Teatro de San Cassiano

    The first public opera theater opens in Venice.
  • Francesca Caccini Death

    Published quite a few of her pieces, each dedicated to a different wealthy patron.
  • "The Coronation of Poppea"

    Composed when Monteverdi was 75.
  • Claudio Monteverdi Death

    Trained in the Renaissance style, also adept at composing "modern" music.
  • "The Ecstasy of Saint Therese"

    Made of marble. It is located in the Cappella Cornaro, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.
  • The Solo Italian Cantata

    Usually secular and in Italian. Composed for 1 or 2 singers with basso continuo and possibly a small string ensemble.
  • Henry Purcell Born

    Singer, organist, and composer of instrumental and vocal music.
  • Barbara StrozzI Death

    Died in Padua.
  • Henry Purcell Death

    Purcell assimilated the musical styles of Europe. The Italian operatic style, grand aspects of French music, and the lyric melodic quality of English song.