Music History Timeline

  • Period: 400 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • Period: 1000 to 1050

    Guido of Arezzo's Solmization System is Formulated

    Some time between the year 1000 and his death in 1050, he developed this system to help teach sight singing faster. He claimed tat instead of the usual 10 years it took to become a singer, it took just 1 year with his system.
  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen lived

  • 1320

    Ars Nova Treatise

    Phillippe de Vitry composed it, and he demonstrated a whole new style of rhythmic notation with it, which was one of the biggest innovations in music at the time.
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale "Ein feste burg"

  • 1539

    Arcadelt Madrigal "Il bianco e dolce cigno"

  • 1567

    Palestrina "Pope Marcellus" Mass

    This is his most recognizable mass because of its use of intricate vocal passages and the simple fact that it was polyphonic, which wasn't really a big thing until he did it.
  • 1572

    Victoria "Missa O magnum mysterium"

  • Gabrieli "Sacrae Symphoniae"

    This is a collection of choral music set on Latin text about the Venetian state and the power they had.
  • Period: to

    Baroque Period

  • Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" Published

  • England's First Public Concerts

  • Period: to

    J.S. Bach Lived

  • Vivaldi's "L'Estro Armonico" Published

    It was Vivaldi's first collection of concertos that was printed.
  • Period: to

    Bach's "The Well Tempered Clavier" Volume 1 was composed

    Demonstrated that every key could be used as equally as all other keys
  • Rameau's "Traite de l'harmonie" Published

    It is one of the earliest sources that teaches music as we know it now, with all the major and minor tonalities and such.
  • Period: to

    Franz Joseph Haydn Lived

  • Handel's "Messiah" Published

  • Period: to

    Viennese Classical Period

  • Period: to

    W.A. Mozart Lived

  • Period: to

    Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges as director of Concerts des Amateurs

    He really brought the ensemble up in terms of musicianship, and most people were regarding it as one of the best ensembles in all of Europe.
  • Mozart's "Don Giovanni"

    Sight-Reading in its finest form.
  • London Premiere of Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise"