History of Music Timeline

  • Period: 500 to 1400

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo, Micrologus

    This piece introduced the four-line staff, relative pitch, and sight singing.
  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    Ars Nova was a new way of classifying time and prolation, which became the foundation for modern time signatures and notation.
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin's Motet: Ave Maria

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale: Ein feste burg

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal: Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1567

    Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass

    This piece was written to demonstrate that polyphony can still produce clear lyrics, also known as Ars Perfecta. This piece included 6 voice polyphony.
  • Victoria: Missa O Magnum Mysterium

  • Gabrieli: Sonata Pian'e Forte

    This is the first piece to have written dynamics. It was written in Venice.