History of Music Timeline - Lacey Somers

  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • Period: 990 to 1050

    Guido of Arezzo

    Introduced the Hexachord System
  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    Ars nova replaced ars antiqua
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin's Motet: "Ave Maria"

  • 1529

    Martin Luther's "A Might Fortress"

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal

  • 1567

    Palestrina's "Pope Marcellus Mass"

    According to legend, Palestrina dedicated his "Pope Marcellus Mass" to the pope and demonstrated that sacred words could be understood in polyphonic music with 6 voices.
  • 1572

    Victoria Motet: "O magnum mysterium"

  • Gabrieli's "Sonata pian'e forte"

    First piece to have dynamics written in and was written for two ensembles of equal size.
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  • Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

  • First Public Concerts in England

  • Period: to

    Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Antonio Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico

    Harmonic Inspiration, published by Etienne Roger in Amsterdam.
  • Rameau's Traité de l'harmonie

    (Treatise on Harmony) Most influential of all Theoretical Works, codified practices of his contemporaries, bases for teaching functional harmony.
  • Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume 1

    It contained 24 Preludes and Fugues in all 24 major and minor keys.
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    Franz Joseph Hayden

  • Handel's Messiah

    Premiered in 1742
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    Viennese Classical Period

  • Period: to

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

    One of the finest orchestras in Europe
  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

  • Hayden's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise"

    Premiered in London on March 23, 1792