History of Music Timeline

  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo’s Micrologus

    Guido of Arezzo’s Micrologus allowed for the development of a 4-line staff, relative pitch, and the use of sight singing.
  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    Ars Nova had replaced Ars Antiqua, allowing for a reformation to be made to music notation. This treatise set the groundwork for what we use in modern notation.
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin’s Ave Maria ... Virgo serena Motet

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg ist unser Gott

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1567

    Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass

    It was an example of Palestrina’s style featuring Counterpoint, and was used as a model for generations afterwards. It was also created to demonstrate that sacred words can be understood within the polyphonic texture of 6 voices.
  • 1572

    Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Gabrieli’s Sonata pian’e forte

    It was created at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy. It’s two fold importance would be how it was the first piece to display dynamics and it was also the first piece to indicate what instrument plays on what voice line.