Music History

  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo’s Formation of the Solmization System

  • 1098

    Hildegard of Bingen Birth-date

  • 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen Death-day

  • 1323

    Arts Nova Treatise

    A period where there was an abundance of growth in music and in popularity during the 14th century in Europe, especially France.
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein Feste Burg

    Translation = “A Mighty Fortress”
  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal ll Bianca e Dolce Cingo

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    This work helped save polyphonic church music from being banished. He was able to contribute to a new way of worship music and still satisfying all of the requirements of the Catholic Church and keep his musical values.
  • Victoria Missa O Magnum Mysterium

  • Giovanni Gabrieli Sacrae Symphoniae

    A significant collection reflecting the legitimacy and power of the Venetian state.
    Location is in Venice Italy.
  • Period: to

    Baroque Era

  • Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

    Generally considered he first great masterpiece of the genre of opera. Monteverdi’s music marks the end of the Renaissance style and the beginning of the Baroque era.
  • First Public Concerts in England

    London-Vionlinist John Banister held concerts in his home in Whitefriars. A few years later in 1678, Thomas Britton started weekly concerts in a loft in Clerkenwell.
  • Period: to

    JS Bach

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico

    Vivaldi’s piece contained three contrasting movements (fast-slow-fast). This piece also pioneered a new use of the ritornello form.
  • Rameau’s Traité de l’harmonie

    This is one of the most importance books in the history of Western music. This book laid out the basis of chard theory and their qualities. He broke down triads into smaller intervals. This included major and minor thirds.
  • Back’s The Well-Tempered Clavier volume 1

    Bach wanted to prove the practicality of adopting a new system of tuning the clavier, which was a keyboard style instrument back in the day. He did this by dividing the scale into twelve equal semitones.
  • Period: to

    Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Handel’s Messiah

    One of the most frequently performed pieced for choir today. Mainly performed at Christmas and Easter.
  • Period: to

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

    He composed string quartets, sonatas, violin concertos, symphonies, and stage works.
  • Period: to

    Viennese Classical Period

  • Period: to

    WA Mozart

  • Mozart’s Don Giovanni

  • Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 “Surprise”