Music History Project

  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

    Music in the church was for the "lower minds" to better connect with the worship. The first music notation system was introduced (Neumatic Notation). The Mass Ordinary was introduced for the first time. Seven Liberal Arts: (Geometry, Arithmatic, Astronomy, Music, Grammer, Rhetoric, & Logic) Troubadours/Trouveres (traveling bands) played a large part in spreading music and culture wherever they traveled. Music is mostly transcribed early music in triple meter. Polyphony & Gothic Heights
  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo Micrologus

    This was the introduction to the 4-line staff. This made relative pitch and sight singing possible, using the new staff. Introduces the Guidonian Hand (I.e, Solfège).
  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    This treatise created a standard for notating music. The introduction of time signatures, the breve, and semibreve.
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin’s Ave Maria ... virgo serena Motet

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    Known for its use of trading off melody between voices often. Is an example of ars perfecta, the movement that moved music away from only inside the Catholic Church.
  • Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Gabrieli Sonata pian’e forte

    Incorporating new instruments at the time: Cornetto (Renaissance Trumpet) and Sackbut (Renaissance Trombone). St. Mark's Cathedral
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  • Monteverdi's L’Orfeo

    Revised 1615.
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    First Public Concerts in England

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    Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Antonio Vivaldi's L’Estro Armonico

    Vivaldi introduced the idea of the modern-day orchestral setup and compositional techniques.
  • Traité de l’harmonie

    Treatise on Harmony.
  • Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier volume 1

    24 Preludes and Fugues
    Experiments with Equal Temperament.
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    Franz Josef Haydn

  • Handel's Messiah

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    Joseph Bologne- Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Composer, Conductor, and performer; famous in France.
    Compared to the level of Mozart.
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    Vienesse Classical

  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

  • Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise"

    Premiere date in London.
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    Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor

  • Schubert Erlkönig

  • Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin, op.1

  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

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    Frederic Chopin Mazurkas Op.7

  • Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Das Jahr

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    Louis Moreau Gottschalk Souvenir de Porto Rico

  • Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen