History of Music

  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    This document contained a 4 line staff and relative pitches.
  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    This treatise established notation for time and prolation.
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin's Ave Maria... virgo serena Motet

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg (A Mighty Fortress)

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce signo

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    This piece used 6 voice polyphony, proving that lyrics could still be clearly understood in polyphonic music.
  • Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Gabrieli Sonata pian'e forte

    This was the first piece of music to indicate dynamics and which instruments to play.