Earliest written music, typically secular music.
New forms of freedom in harmony and polyphony but composers were still devoted to choral writing.
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.
Characterized by structure and form, Sonata form came into play and composers matched this in all their compositions.
Marked an era of intensity and expression, music and harmonies are becoming much more complex and original.
Anything goes, expression with atonality and lack of structure is seen as decent in this time period. People are starting to question traditional structures.