Medieval and Renaissance

Timeline created by Bee Ivie
In Music
  • Period:
    500
    to
    1450

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    Guido's treatise created a new sight singing system called solmization. This involved a 6 note, hexachord system. He also created the 4-line staff, relative pitch, sight singing syllables and new accidentals: round b (flat) and square b (natural).
  • Period:
    1098
    to
    1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    This was the new style of music in France. Ars Nova means new art. Ars nova replaces Ars antiqua, or old art. The older generation did not like this new progressive sound of music. Ars Nova laid the groundwork for modern notation making it the most influential treatise in all of history.
  • Period:
    1450
    to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin’s Ave Maria ... virgo serena Motet

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    This piece demonstrated that sacred words could be intelligible in polyphonic music with 6 voices.
  • Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Gabrieli Sonata pian’e forte

    This was one of the first pieces in history that specified which instruments played which part. It was also the first piece to specify dynamics. This song was written in Venice.