Music History

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In Music
  • 800


    Charlemagne wrote over 600 tunes of gregorian chant during his reign, expanding the repertoire to over 3000.
  • 800

    Musica Enchiriadis

    The Musica Enchiriadis was the first attempt in western history to set up a surviivng set of rules on how western polyphony should be notated.
  • 1000

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus
    Guido of Arezzo wrote the micrologus, where he described an earlier type of organum in which the organal voice had become more complex and profound.
  • 1120

    Hildegard of Bingen

    Hildegard of Bingen
    Hildegard of Bingen was a composer, philospher and female in the 1100's who wrote the orto virtium.
  • 1250

    Franco of Cologne

    Franco of Cologne invented Franconian notation, which was the first recorded attempt to notate note duration on a page of sheet music as oppose implied duration.
  • 1335

    Francesco Landini

    Francesco Landini was a trecento composer who composed and played organ. his work was very secular, and he was the most popular composer of his time in italy.
  • 1377

    Guillame de Machaut

    Guillame de Machaut was a french composer who was around during the ars nova, considered the most influential compser of the time. he wrote many different styes and set the first mass to music.
  • 1400

    Midevil Period

    Midevil Period
    the middle ages lasted from 400-1400
  • 1450

    The invention of the printing press

    The printing press was standardized and patented by Johannes Gutenburg, which made copying of texts easy, and eventually led to a standardized form of musical notation. It also allowed books and religious texts to be printed en masse and in different languages.
  • 1515

    Josquin des prez's Missa Pange Lingua

    Josquin's last mass, the Missa Pange lingua, is a setting of the ordinary mass. It was written by Josquin des prez some time around 1515. It is considered his last and most famous Ordinary mass.
  • 1529

    Martin Luther's Ein Feste Burg Ist Unsder Gott

    In 1529, Martin Luther composed a lutheran hymn called "ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott" or "a mighty fortress is our god". It became hugely popular and still survives and is played today.
  • 1539

    Il Bianco e dolce cigno

    IN 1539, Jacques Arcadelt composed his most famous madrigal, il bianco y dolce cigno, a 4 part polyphonic composition that translates to "the white and sweet swan",
  • 1562

    Missa Papae Marcelli

    In 1562, Palestrina composed his most popular mass, the Pope Marcellus Mass. It Is voiced in 6 parts, and is not based of any parody. It was written in commemoration of pope Marcellus II.
  • Concerto Della Donna

    A group of female singers in Italy, part of the court of Ferrera. They were active around 1580-1597.
  • Sonata Pian e Forte

    Sonata Pian e Forte was written by Giovanni Gabrieli during his time at St. Mark's cathedral. It is significant since it is the first piece of music to call for specific instrumentation and to also mention dynamic contrast in the text.
  • Monteverdi's L'orfeo

    Monteverdi's most popular opera. Based on the greek legend of Orpheus.
  • First Public concerts in England

    The first known concerts in England that charged an admission fee were most likely given by Violinist John Banister in his home.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

  • George Frederic Handel

  • Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

    an Opera written by English composer Henry Purcell. Notable for being written in English.
  • Vivaldi's L'estro Armonico

    Antonio vivaldi composed this collection of 12 concertos, titled, "The Harmonic Inspiration".
  • Brandenburg concertos

    The Brandenburg concertos are a collection of 6 concertos written by JS Bach.
  • Rameau's Treaty on Harmony

    Jean-Phillipe Rameau wrote his treaty of harmony that describes many of the practices used in music today.
  • The well tempered clavier

    The well tempered clavier was a collection of 24 preludes and fugues in every major and minor key. It was written to showcase the equal temperament tuning system
  • Franz Joseph Hayden

    Franz Joseph Hayden was an austrian composer who coined the form for the modern day symphony.
  • Handel's Messiah

    An oratorio written by Handel in the English language.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Mozart was born in 1756 and wrote a large number of works including symphonies, operas, and chamber music
  • Hayden String Quartets Op 33

    Published in 1781
  • Mozart's 23'rd Piano Concerto

    It was completed just two months before the permier of miarrage of figaro
  • Don Giovanni

    Don Giovanni was a comic tragedy written by WA Mozart.
  • Hayden's London Symphonies

    Hayden wrote his London symphonies during his two visits there in 1791-1795
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    Notre Dame School of Polyphony

    A refernce to the composers and their works of those who wrote at notre dame cathedral. Among these, Leonin and Perotin wrote the magnus Liber Organi.
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    Troubadors and Trobaritz

    The troubadours(men) and the trobaritz(female) sang songs of love in a language called Provencal.
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    Ars Nova

    The Ars Nova (new art) was a period of european polyphony during the 14th century.
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    Baroque Period

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    Viennese Classical Period

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    pre classical period

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    Chevlier de Saint Georges

    He was music director of the Concerts des Amateurs during this time