Music History Timeline Project

Timeline created by Sbrooke
In Music
  • 500 BCE

    Medieval Period

    500-1450 CE
  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    The invention of the 4-line staff, relative pitch, and sight-singing syllables.
  • 1098

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars nova treatise

    Introduced new note values. Began to divide into duple and triple meters.
  • 1450

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin’s Ave Maria ... virgo serena Motet

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg (A Mighty Fortress..)

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    This is the most commonly acknowledged example of counter-point.
  • Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Gabrieli Sonata pian’e forte

    Located in St. Mark's Basilica.
    It is one of the first pieces to specify which instruments play which parts. It is also the first piece in history that designates dynamics.
  • Baroque

  • Monteverdi's L’Orfeo

  • First Public Concerts in England

  • JS Bach

  • Antonio Vivaldi's L’Estro Armonico

    The most influential publication of any music in the early 18th century.
  • Rameau's Traité de l’harmonie

    Became the basis for teaching functional harmony that is still used today.
  • Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier volume 1

    It was the first use of equal temperament.
  • PreClassical Period

  • Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Handel's Messiah

  • WA Mozart

  • Viennese Classical Period

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

    US President John Adams called him “the most accomplished man in Europe”.
  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

  • Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise"

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor

  • Schubert Erlkönig

  • Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia

  • Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin, op.1

    First Publication
  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

  • Frederic Chopin Mazurkas Op.7

  • Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Das Jahr

  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk Souvenir de Porto Rico

  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

  • Bizet Carmen

  • Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen

  • Brahms' Symphony No.4

  • Mahler Symphony No.1