Music Era timeline

  • 800

    Medieval era

    Earliest written music, typically secular music.
  • 1400

    Renaissance Period

    New forms of freedom in harmony and polyphony but composers were still devoted to choral writing.
  • Baroque Period

    The foundation of music was laid out during this time. The modern orchestra and opera came from this time and musicians tend to match these foundations for the next 300 years.
  • Classical Period

    Characterized by structure and form, Sonata form came into play and composers matched this in all their compositions.
  • Romantic Period

    Marked an era of intensity and expression, music and harmonies are becoming much more complex and original.
  • Modern Period

    Anything goes, expression with atonality and lack of structure is seen as decent in this time period. People are starting to question traditional structures.